CARBIOS, a green chemistry company in industrial development stage with a focus on discovering and developing enzymatic bioprocesses to reinvent the lifecycle of plastics.
Have you ever fed a plastic bottle into the machine outside the grocery store, watched in amazement as it disappeared into that mysterious maw and returned to you a nickel, and left thinking you did your part to reduce, reuse and recycle? Ever wondered what happened to that bottle? Today, we explore the dirty and woefully inefficient side of plastic recycling.
Martin Stephan, Deputy CEO of Carbios, leads us on a journey of understanding the current state of plastic recycling, how little progression in technology has taken place in the proceeding three decades, and what Carbios is doing to revolutionize the industry.
Without giving away the (disposable) bag, the team at Carbios have devised a means of utilizing enzymes to chemically break down plastic into its prime molecular components so it can be re-assembled with near perfect efficiency. What that means effectively? In a future coming toward you, we may never need to make a new bottle out of virgin plastic again.