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 holds its second general assembly

19/11/20 - MIPLACE partners met remotely today for a very successful second general assembly.  There were excellent presentations on microbial hydrolysis of PET and PU; engineering synthetic communities using plastic [...]

MIPLACE highlighted in Nature Biotechnology

24/05/20 - 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 gets underway

12/05/20 – The kick-off meeting for the MIPLACE project took place remotely due to the Covid19 pandemic. However, everyone embraced this new way of meeting and there was plenty of [...]

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