Producing PHA: What makes Full Cycle’s Process Unique?Read article
The biopolymer PHA has existed on Earth for millions of years when scientists first discovered polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB, in the PHA family) in 1925. Because fossil fuels were abundant, cheap and readily available in the 1920s, PHA’s material properties did not become commercially interesting until recently.
As we become more aware of the scarcity of fossil fuels and environmental drawbacks of fossil fuel reliance, the desire for a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics has grown.
PHAs: A Compostable Alternative to Plastic. 6 Answers to Your FAQsRead article
Plastic pollution is a problem everywhere. From the plastic bags blowing across our neighborhoods to the island-sized plastic gyres floating in the ocean, we encounter the plastic problem at every scale.
Many are asking what can we do about it? Are there any plastic alternatives that are actually sustainable? What about compostable plastics? Are they really compostable, or is it all just hype to get us to make us think our plastic problem has been solved?
Let’s Make PHA Tees, PleaseRead article
The world has a t-shirt problem.
You probably have 27 of them tucked inside your dresser, and they’re probably made from cotton, polyester, or a blend of the two.
Both materials are problematic because they harm our planet.
Let’s look at the cotton t-shirt. Cotton is a a natural fiber, a biopolymer even, but cotton is also a very thirsty crop. One pound of cotton (approximate amount needed for one tee) requires 800 gallons of water to produce.
PHA 101: What They Are & How They’re Made Through Green EngineeringRead article
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is our bread and butter, and we produce PHA through green engineering, using food waste like bread crust and oil.
As more Fortune 500 companies are committing to plastic reduction in the coming years, bioplastics, and especially PHA, are generating interest as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic.
But what is PHA? And why are people only talking about it now?
The Problem with Bioplastics & Why PHAs Are the Best AlternativeRead article
I’m typing “are bioplastics sustainable?” into my search engine, Ecosia. The top hits include a slurry of criticisms of bioplastics. As I read through the articles, it’s clear that bioplastic’s feedstocks are a huge problem.
Do the negative effects of deforestation and land use make these products worse for the environment than petroleum-based plastics? Is the bioplastic industry just a new form of greenwashing to make consumers feel better about their single-use plastics?