A Better Approach to Plastics
Benefiting society, the economy, and our planet
Full Cycle tackles plastic pollution and climate change by transforming organic matter into a compostable alternative to oil-based plastics
Plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste are two of the most critical environmental challenges facing the planet. Virtually all plastic ever produced still exists, and almost one-third of plastic consumed each year directly pollutes our land, oceans, and food chain. Organic waste is the third largest man-made generator of greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change and global warming.
Full Cycle’s Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic can be the answer to these problems.
Full Cycle PHA is produced naturally by bacteria using mixed organic waste as raw material. It can replace a wide range of synthetic plastics, yet it is compostable and marine degradable once its useful life is over. It is also cost-competitive with fossil-fuel based alternatives, creating the potential for widespread adoption and scale in both developed and emerging markets. The Full Cycle solution mitigates greenhouse gas emissions, reduces plastic pollution and toxicity effects on land and in the ocean, and sustainably moves the economy towards Circularity. Change the world with us!
Superior PHA Bioplastic
- Full Cycle PHA is 1:1 price-competitive with traditional, synthetic oil-based plastics
- Full Cycle technology uses organic waste as raw material, which is readily available, low cost, with no arable land, expensive cultivation, or food crops
- Full Cycle technology uses non-GMO bacteria, suitable for co-location and non-sterile, industrial operating environments
- Full Cycle PHA is naturally occurring, compostable, marine-degradable, and food-contact safe
- Full Cycle technology takes heterogeneous waste inputs and produces consistent polymer outputs
- After use, organic PHA becomes raw material that can be upcycled again into virgin PHA
Full Cycle replaces traditional “take-make-dispose” consumption cycles with a superior Circular Economy solution
Full Cycle’s circular approach improves waste industry profitability, enables regenerative upcycling of a compostable material, and gives consumers a choice in sustainable packaging material.
Full Cycle at the Vancouver Zero Waste Conference
Who We Are
The Solution to Plastic Pollution
Awards & Recognition
- Food System 6 Member
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Materials Challenge Winner
- SXSW Eco Top Startup
- Think Beyond Plastic Most Innovative Company 2016
- SEA Award Grand Prize Winner
- FMI Sustainability Startup Challenge Winner
- OPEN IDEO Food Waste Challenge Top Idea
- Closed Loop Foundation Grantee
- New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize
What happens and the end of life of your bio-plastic?
When PHA is discarded, it will biodegrade. How fast it biodegrades depends on how bacteria rich the environment is. In environments with large amounts of bacteria (e.g. compost rows), it can degrade in a month. In a clean and stable environment, like a store shelf, it can be kept for years.
What types of waste can you turn into bio-plastic?
Full Cycle can convert any organic waste into PHA. This includes inedible food waste, agricultural residues, and green waste. Anything that can normally go into a compost row or an anaerobic digester can be converted to PHA! This does not include petroleum based plastics, because they are not organically based.
Full Cycle can also convert dirty and unrecyclable cellulosic material such a paper or cardboard.
How can I contribute to your effort?
Full Cycle accepts donations using Patreon. See also the section below about investment inquiries from accredited investors. Your support is greatly appreciated!
How degradable is your bio-plastic?
PHA is home compostable, industrially compostable, and marine degradable, all while being shelf stable for years!
Will your bio-plastic degrade on the shelf?
No! Our PHA is shelf stable and only degrades in environments that contain bacteria.
How recyclable is your bio-plastic?
Like most bio-plastics, our PHA is not recyclable with other oil-based plastics, and should not be thrown in the traditional plastic recycling stream (blue bin). Instead, our PHA can be UP-cycled. When our PHA is thrown into the organics/food waste/green waste stream (green bin in most places), it can be taken to a Full Cycle facility, broken down and remade into virgin PHA, just like the other organic waste.
When can I buy your bio-plastic?
Full Cycle is a manufacturer of PHA resin, not products. We are currently scaling up our production capabilities with strategic partners and hope to sell into commercial markets soon.
How can I get a sample of your bio-plastic?
While we are currently producing material, we are currently using it for product development efforts with strategic partners and do not have samples available for general distribution. If you are interested in becoming a development partner, please contact us.
Can I invest in Full Cycle?
As of November 2017, Full Cycle is currently raising capital. Please note that we can only accept investments from accredited investors, as defined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. If you would like to learn more please email Full Cycle’s Chief Financial Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Cycle Bioplastics is a privately held company and does not have publicly traded stock available for purchase.
How can I develop products using Full Cycle’s PHA?
We are always interested in working with product development partners. If you or your company have development capacity and equipment, feel free to reach out to us via email at email@example.com.
How can I help Full Cycle?
Full Cycle appreciates your support! The best way to help is to spread the message and help tell the large producers of plastic products to support sustainable alternatives like our PHA.
The biggest hurdle to getting Full Cycle PHA into the market is the time and money it takes to scale the technology. While Full Cycle is a for-profit company, we have received considerable interest from the public to try to help with these efforts. With that in mind, we have set up a Patreon.
Can I work for Full Cycle?
Full Cycle will be expanding rapidly over the next few years, and will be hiring for targeted positions. All new open positions will be posted on our LinkedIn, where we will be accepting applications for candidates to join the Full Cycle team. While we appreciate general interest, we will not be accepting solicitations that are not linked to a specific job posting.
Please be sure to review our FAQ section prior to sending us an inquiry, we may have already answered your question!
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