Plastics are pervasive, in our world they go into everything from cars to clothing. Plastic is made from petroleum, and petroleum is associated with economic, environmental, and political ramifications. Currently only 14% of plastics are recycled – and most are not truly “recycled” but down-cycled, formed into lower quality plastic items, and eventually ending up in landfill or burned.
Ambercycle makes plastic recycling profitable and sustainable by using synthetic biology to engineer custom-tailored organisms that can degrade plastics into its basic building blocks, which can be sold in the world commodity market or directly to consumer product companies seeking sustainably sourced materials. Through Ambercycle’s process, landfill-bound plastics can be deconstructed and reconstituted into virgin-quality plastic, making way for closed loop plastics manufacturing, and improving lives.