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The company uses 100 per cent of its macroalgae biomass to create the material | Photo source Unsplash

Bio-based plastics made from macroalgae


The startup aims to transition our use of fossil-based plastic to its environmentally friendly alternative

Spotted: The plastic pollution crisis impacts every living thing on our planet. And with only 9 per cent of the 400 million tonnes of plastic produced annually getting recycled, the problem continues to mount. Replacing plastics remains difficult, however, as they are undeniably versatile and convenient, structuring modern life as we know it. This is why Dutch startup Biotic has developed bioplastic flakes or pellets, that it believes could provide an alternative.

The company’s bio-based, fully biodegradable PHBV polymers are made using macroalgae and their secret recipe. By extracting macroalgae, which is non-toxic and carbon absorbent, and using saline water, which reduces energy consumption and contamination risks, Biotic’s solution is an environmentally friendly process. It further eliminates the need for recycling and shows that a circular plastics economy is attainable.

Mark Durno, the Managing Partner of AgriFood at Rockstart, a Biotic investor, states: “plastic production has grown faster than any other material since the 1970s, a worrying trend in light of climate change,” but Biotic has “demonstrated that they understand the complexity of this challenge and the need for solutions that can fit our current manufacturing and user requirements.”

Biotic is currently in the process of attaining market validation. To speed up this process, Rockstart has invested €2 million in November 2022, which the startup will use to build a plant, optimise processes, and increase production capacity.

Springwise has previously spotted other innovations aimed at tackling the plastic pollution crisis, including seaweed-based packaging, and plastic-free leather made from floral waste.

Written By: Georgia King



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