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.


Breakthrough in polyurethane bio-recycling…

28/07/21 - A paper documenting an important step towards the development of a sustainable recycling pathway for polyurethane (PU) has been published by the Bioteam at the University of Strasbourg.  [...]

MIPLACE wins at the EBNetUK ECR Conference

14/07/21 – Many congratulations to our team member, Alice Banks (ICL), for being awarded a prize at the recent Environmental Biotechnology Network Early Career Researcher (EBNetUK ECR) Conference.  Alice was [...]

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. [...]

Achieving a circular bioeconomy for plastics

08/07/21 – The opinion piece ‘Achieving a circular bioeconomy for plastics’ recently published in the prestigious journal Science argues for having an integrated plastic waste management system within the circular [...]

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