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Mango Materials produces biodegradable plastics from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional petroleum-based plastics. Mango Materials uses excess methane gas from wastewater treatment plants or landfills to produce pellets of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a valuable polymer that is converted into a variety of high margin or high volume, eco-friendly plastic products such as children’s toys, electronic casings, water bottles, and food packaging containers.
Due to a rising preference for green products from both consumers and government agencies, demand for biodegradable and non petroleum-based plastics is growing rapidly. The competition uses either petroleum, which is low cost but produces non-biodegradable plastic, or sugars, which are expensive but produce biodegradable plastic. In contrast, Mango Materials uses affordable methane gas and a process that competes favorably with petroleum-based plastics to produce low-cost, biodegradable plastics.
Currently, Mango Materials is in the process of scaling up from small bench top reactors to a demonstration facility that will produce commercial samples of PHA. This technology gives methane producers another profitable use for their waste biogas while transforming a greenhouse gas into a valuable commodity. This presentation will discuss the concept of using methane to produce a biodegradable plastic and the effort Mango Materials’ team is putting into starting a company in the bioplastics space.
Molly Morse is a bioplastics and biocomposites engineer, with experience in construction management. She has contributed to multiple patents in the bioplastics and biocomposites industry. Dr. Morse received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposities for the building industry. She received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.