Ecofriendly bioplastic from inexpensive sources of methane: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Mango Materials

December 9, 2015 |

Mango Materials utilizes a patent-protected process to manufacture bioplastic from inexpensive sources of methane gas. The San Francisco Bay Area-based company has proven the ability to produce the bioplastic poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA), which can be economically and functionally competitive with oil-based plastics.

Right now, Mango Materials is focused on producing larger volumes of commercial samples. Since our materials will biodegrade in marine environments, we are currently very excited about the potential to produce biodegradable plastics for use as microparticles. These plastics, commonly used as abrasives and exfoliates, have recently come under scrutiny for their persistence in the environment. Recent legislation is being implemented to outlaw non-biodegradable microbeads and Mango Materials is working to inform legislation and educate the public that not all plastics (bio-based, biodegradable or otherwise) are the same.

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