The plastic emergency

Plastics are essential materials in our lives, but they show a problem: they are difficult to degrade. As a consequence, 79% of the plastic waste is stored in landfills or released into the environment.

Taking advantage of microbes

Some bacteria can degrade common plastics such as polyethylene (PET) or polyurethane (PU) by secreting enzymes. In addition, certain species can be modified to use these materials as food to obtain energy.

A circular solution

MIPLACE will develop a process that uses plastic waste as a feedstock for engineered microbial communities. These microbes will transform it into the raw materials used to create a sustainable plastic, Bio-PU, that can enter the cycle once thrown away.


MIPLACE partner interviewed by Packaging Europe

08/07/22 - Packaging Europe have published a feature 'Can PET-eating enzymes help to solve the plastic waste problem?' based on a recent interview with our partner from the University of [...]

MIPLACE wins ERA CoBioTech video contest 🥇

15/06/22 - We are delighted to announce that the MIPLACE video won first prize in the recent ERA CoBioTech video contest.  The contest, launched in December 2021, aimed to promote [...]

MIPLACE partner attends CMIBM 2022

15/06/22 - MIPLACE partner, Alba Iglesias, recently attended the VIII National Congress of Industrial Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (CMIBM 2022) and presented a poster entitled "Bioprospecting for polyurethane degrading microorganisms".  [...]

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MIPLACE project is funded under the 2nd ERA BioTech Joint Transnational Call