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Climate change and plastic pollution: How bacteria can help solve both!

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How can we solve the plastic pollution crisis?

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Join us as we hear from Mango Materials, a San Francisco-based company that manufactures biodegradable materials using bacteria that feed on waste biogas (methane). The company’s end product is a naturally occurring polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymer that can biodegrade in many different environments. Since 2012, Mango has developed PHA that can be used to create textile fibers as a polyester replacement and that can be used to create injection molded packaging for the cosmetics industry.

This talk will discuss the journey from methane to end-product application, end-of-life biodegradability, and next steps for the company as it transitions to commercialization.

Dr. Anne Schauer-Gimenez is the Vice President of Customer Engagement and co-founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area-based startup company that manufactures a biobased and biodegradable polymer. Anne fosters relationships with brands and their supply chain partners who are looking for solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Mango Materials is working on developing polymer grades for sustainable packaging and rigid products and a biodegradable bio-polyester for the fashion/textile industry.

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