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 awarded Ig Nobel Prize

15/09/21 - Congratulations to our project partner, Manuel Porcar, and colleagues (University of Valencia) for being awarded an Ig Noble Prize for work on bacteria living on wasted chewing gums [...]

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. [...]

MIX-UP Guest Lecture

02/09/21 – José Jimenéz, MIPLACE coordinator, has been invited to deliver a guest lecture on Friday 3rd September as part of the MIX-UP (MIXed plastics biodegradation and UPcycling using microbial [...]

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