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.


A new review of plastic biodegradation

20/09/22 - Our partners from RWTH Aachen University, Dr Till Tiso and Prof. Lars Blank, have contributed to a recently published review on the current situation regarding the biodegradation of [...]

MIPLACE highlighted in Nature Biotechnology

16/09/22 - Our project has been highlighted in a perspective piece at Nature Biotechnology as one of the groundbreaking initiatives dealing with PET waste by harnessing the potential of microorganisms. [...]

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 [...]

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