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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Startups developing Sustainable Plastics
The 5 sustainable plastics solutions you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 332 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
erthos offers Plant-based Single-Use Plastics
Significant amounts of plastic waste end up in the ocean every day, endangering marine animals and plants alike. Additionally, more and more microplastic are found in fish and accordingly, make their way into human bodies via seafood. To tackle this situation, businesses and research institutions develop alternative solutions to plastics including plant-based plastics that are biodegradable.
Canadian startup erthos develops a plant-based alternative for single-use plastics. The startup collaborates with agricultural companies to reprocess by-products and excess materials by integrating them into existing plastic manufacturing lines and supply chains. Such collaboration allows manufacturers to enhance their technology with a more biodegradable material and helps consumer brands to extend their inventory with eco-friendly products.
TripleW develops Bioplastics from Food Waste
The utilization of food waste for bioplastic manufacturing both reduces the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills where it produces methane and the amount of non-degradable plastics. To this end, startups develop food-based bioplastics solutions and degradation methods. These solutions enable the production of lactic acid, which is a biobased polymer component.
Israeli startup TripleW develops solutions for food waste management, biomaterial production, and bioproduct upcycling. The startup’s technology retrofits anaerobic digestion facilities to produce lactic acid from food waste, which is used in sectors such as food, beverage, and personal care. Moreover, as a component of polylactic acid (PLA), lactic acid is used for renewable polymer production for packaging, textile, and 3D printing, among other use cases.
BluCon Biotech works on Bioprocess Engineering
The biodegradability of PLA makes it a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS). However, the production costs of lactic acid prevent the technology from competing with conventional plastics. As a result, startups alter PLA technology by using materials such as cellulosic waste to reduce production costs.
German startup BluCon Biotech develops L-lactic production technology that enables the consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) of lignocellulosic feedstock using thermophilic bacteria. The startup’s technology also allows for the use of various agricultural and industrial materials such as straw, cotton, and beet pulp. BluCon Biotech’s approach to bioprocessing facilitates the shift from petroleum-based to biodegradable and sustainable plastics.
DAN*NA enhances Bioplastics’ Properties
The applications of current bioplastics are limited because of a few factors such as low tolerance to temperature. Consequently, the final products of biomaterials do not always satisfy the consumers’ needs, giving an advantage to conventional plastics. Therefore, startups focus on advancing the physical properties of bioplastics to increase the scope of applications for biomaterials.
Spanish startup DAN*NA specializes in adopting bioplastics’ properties for application in additive manufacturing (AM). The startup develops technology for PLA and Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production for automotive and aerospace industries, among others. DAN*NA improves plastics’ thermal, fire retardant, and conductive properties, as well as their strength and flexibility.
TGP Bioplastics develops a Biological Alternative to Plastic Bags
Plastic bag production is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution. Moreover, because of the complexity and high cost associated with recycling, most plastic bags are left to decompose in landfills – which takes a few hundred years if they even decompose at all. To reduce plastic bag pollution and provide consumers with the same experience, startups develop biodegradable alternatives with the same properties.
Indian startup TGP Bioplastics develops biodegradable plastic granules for plastic bag manufacturers. The startup uses starch as the main component for cost optimization and enhances its strength with biopolymers. TGP Bioplastics’ product is designed to effectively replace conventional low-density polyethylene (LDPE) garbage and carry bags.
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