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.
16/12/20 - A press release has been issued that highlights a new publication by MIPLACE partner, ICL. It describes how a bacterial strain has been engineered to out-compete other strains [...]
13/07/20 - The University of Surrey has issued a press release to highlight a recent publication in Nature Chemical Biology that describes a new computational technique for improving the efficiency of [...]