Plastic production has become a significant environmental challenge due to its adverse impacts on ecosystems and human health. The widespread use and disposal of conventional plastics have led to the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste in landfills and oceans, and the pervasion of microplastics in the environment and the food chain.
Bio-based polymers, derived from renewable sources such as plants, algae, or bacteria, have emerged as a promising solution with the potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, decrease carbon emissions, and mitigate environmental harm.
Biome, a UK-based bioplastics company, worked with Addible founder Dr James Comerford to develop a novel range of bio-based and bio-degradable polymers. After successfully developing the polymers and producing several variants to quantities of around 5kg, Addible was entrusted with the pivotal task of scaling up three of these novel bio-based polymers to larger batch sizes.
We undertook a meticulous and systematic process to scale up the production of the polymers, leveraging our expertise to transition from small-scale development to the successful production of batch sizes of up to 25kg.
This achievement marks a significant milestone in the journey towards commercialisation of these impactful new materials.