Biodegradable plastic created from CO2 eating bacteria

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Dutch company Photanol has found a way to turn waste CO2 into biodegradable plastic. Using photosynthesis they are able to grow a specific type of bacteria that can be engineered to consume CO2. Through this process, organic acids are produced which are the building blocks for all plastics.

Because they are derived from CO2 and made through a natural process, the plastics are completely biodegradable and safe in the natural environment. A pilot factory in the Netherlands is currently experimenting in producing biodegradable yoghurt pots as well as more sustainable chemicals for toiletries.

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