Genecis converts food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high value materials to reduce plastic pollution.
Genecis' innovative solution transforms food waste into biodegradable plastic called polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) through microbial fermentation. These versatile PHAs can replace up to 60% of non-recyclable fossil fuel-based plastics in various applications. Genecis' PHAs can be tailored for specific uses, are fully biodegradable, home compostable, and decompose within a month on land and a year in aquatic environments. By utilizing food waste and a lean production model, Genecis reduces production costs, making their PHAs cost-competitive with traditional plastics.
Globally, we generate 400 million tonnes of plastic annually, with single-use packaging accounting for nearly half. Around 80% of the 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste ends up in landfills or the environment, taking 20-500 years to break down into microplastics, which have unknown impacts on human, animal, and plant health. Plastic production contributes 1.8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, or 3.4% of global emissions, expected to rise to 4.3 billion tonnes by 2060.
By offering a scalable, sustainable alternative to fossil fuel-based plastics, Genecis has the potential to significantly decrease plastic pollution and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.