Plastic is without a doubt the best invention of the twentieth century,

yet plastic pollution is the most serious problem of the twenty-first.

 

Two things come to mind when we take a quick look around:

Modern World Cannot Exist Without Plastic

World Cannot Exist With Plastic

Plastics are utilised in a wide range of applications including health automobile sustainable ,energy (from wind turbines to solar panels), and, most crucially, food and non-food packaging. Their advantages include being lightweight, flexible, and durable, as well as having a long shelf life, and their use has expanded twenty-fold in the last half-century, with another doubling projected in the next 20 years. Furthermore, with the rise of consumerism, rising spending power, and rising livingstandards, the convenience that plastic-based consumer goods and packaging provides for both food and non-food uses has become vital. These advantages are hampered, however, by poor waste management, which causes clogging of drains, flooding, and disease breeding, as well as having a negative impact on our river and marine resources. Plastic packaging accounts for over half of all plastic waste globally, with much of it being single-use and discarded within minutes of unpacking. These demands necessitate a fundamental shift in the way plastic items, including packaging, are developed, used, and disposed of. A product that behaves like plastic while in use but does not misbehave when discarded is exactly what the world requires.

“Someone must have thought of it before”

People have been searching for alternatives to plastic ever since they learned how damaging it can be. There are thousands of developed and under development technologies that are targeted towards plastic replacement. However, we needed a solution that was not only bio-based, biodegradable and biocompatible but also shares the properties of plastic and could be processed in conventional machinery. PHA possesses all those qualities and much more but it comes with its own set of complications. So, we began addressing those challenges.

“Its the little things that make a big difference”

Single-use plastics may appear insignificant, but they have the greatest environmental impact. A straw in our iced coffee, a plastic bag to hold our takeout, a candy bar wrapper: everything appears harmless on its own. These modern comforts are so common — and so swiftly discarded — that we rarely notice them. However, single-use plastics have a high environmental cost that we will be paying for thousands of years. Our addiction to plastic is having a catastrophic impact on our oceans, habitat, and health.

Here are a few concerning facts about single-use plastics:

It’s estimated that current disposal rate would double by 2030 and quadruple by 2050, resulting in oceans with more plastic than fish.

Every year, 500 billion disposable cubs are used. Over the next 500 years, most of the Styrofoam that is being disposed of will still be present.

Only 1 percent of the 5 trillion plastic bags used each year are returned or recycled.

A single-use product accounts for over half of our yearly worldwide plastic manufacturing.

Humans purchase over 1.4 million plastic bottles per minute, with just about 12% being recycled.

Every minute, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean.

Packaging is the primary driver of increased plastic output. Single-use packaging is rarely recycled.

Every day, half a million straws are used around the world.

Our objective is to replace single-use plastic applications with our product, given the anticipated growth rate of single-use plastic.
Because of the challenges in collecting these goods and the inefficiencies they cause throughout the recycling process, we must contemplate the likelihood that they will never be recycled.
Single-use goods should be designed with the understanding that they must compost in both soil and marine conditions, and that they must also be able to be processed in traditional machinery to ensure a smooth transition.

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We spotted a number of photographs of glasses with a plastic frame while seeking for an image to use in the Vision section for the website. What a tragedy. 

Biopolymers are now seen as a high-end product that is only accessible to those individuals and businesses who can afford to go the sustainable route. 

We envision our product as a future commodity that can not only replace but also be as cost effective as polypropylene and polyethylene. Only then will we be able to actually make a difference.

FAQ

What does Mend Earth exactly make?

Mend Earth is a sustainable biotechnology company which is developing alternatives to plastic. We are making PHA which will be then turned into DAANE which can then be processed to make sustainable products which are just like conventional plastics.

Can these pellets be processed in already existing machinery?

With minor tweaks and adjustments, DAANE pellets would be able to be processed in the conventional extrusion and moulding machinery which is being used by the industry.

How long will a product take to biodegrade?

Depending on the product’s thickness, composition and application, a product can take anywhere from 6 to 36 months to biodegrade.

Does it need a special facility to biodegrade?

Products made out of DAANE are aerobically and anaerobically biodegradable which means they will biodegrade in both soil and water. They don’t need to be collected and brought back to a specific facility like a lot of other bioplastics.

How can we join you?

Please visit our career page if you are passionate, curious and serious about making a change.

Why are bioplastics not mainstream already?

Majority of bioplastics cannot replicate the properties of plastic, are expensive, use food source for production, tamper with recycling and are not even biodegradable.

What type of PHA does Mend Earth make?

Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)

What applications can Mend Earth cover?

If compounded properly, PHA can replace up to 70% of all conventional plastic application.
At Mend Earth, we are targeting single use plastic applications in packaging, food-ware, fashion, farming and medical industries.

What happens to the product after biodegradation? Does it emit harmful gasses?

PHA turns into carbon source for microorganism when it is composted or biodegrades and leaves no harmful gasses behind.

Do you use food source to make your product?

No, we don’t utilize any food source to make our product. We use industrial waste.

How is your product better than PLA?

PLA uses food source for production, has limited applications and is only industrially biodegradable. Whereas our PHA uses waste for production, has various applications and is biodegradable in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

Will it start biodegrading in the shelf and/or my home?

PHA is stable it is being used and produced which means that biodegrading will only start when microbes attack the product in oceans and landfills. In everyday life there is not such high level of microbes to start biodegrading the product.