After a year of testing out environmental engineerings for a private corporation, co-founder Patricia Ayma developed a process for bioplastic production using bacteria. The system turns organic matter, such as food waste, into a commodity that can be used as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. “I realized that it was a simple technology for taking to society, that will benefit everyone ,” she tells us.
The biotech startup began its captain chapter near Barcelona, at a BonArea supermarket plant, where they were able to develop and test the technology on an industrial magnitude with a potential patron. Ayma plans to push the innovation toward two sectors: Organic waste producers that want to shrink waste management costs and companies interested in purchasing the bioplastics for many applications.
The team recently closed an investment round of more than EUR2 million, which will allow them to open a 33,000 -square-foot plant to start product on the VE-box: A portable waste management receptacle that will transform organic waste into biodegradable plastics.
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