Plastic pollution and disposal of single use plastic packaging is a huge sustainability issue. We produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. That's nearly the equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Researchers estimate that more than 8 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. About 60% of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment. Plastic waste — whether in a river, an ocean, or on land — can persist in the environment for centuries.
Avecom produces biopolymers such as Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) by mixed microbial cultures.
Our PHBV is biodegradable, nontoxic and biocompatible. Avecom applies a natural production process by non-gmo bacteria. PHBV is a good alternative for many non-biodegradable synthetic polymers and has succesful applications, eg in food packaging solutions.
Process developed under a Technology License from NOVA School of Science and Technology – NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal) and NOVA.ID.FCT (Portugal)