04 Oct '17, 2pm

Your future clothes could be made out of methane

Your future clothes could be made out of methane

This biotech startup uses methane-eating bacteria to create fully biodegradable polymers. Mango Materials is a biotech startup from San Francisco that has come up with an ingenious method for transforming methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into plastic. The process involves feeding methane to bacteria, which then produce a biodegradable polymer (polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA). This polymer can be spun into polyester fabric and used for clothing, carpets, and possibly packaging, although the company is most focused on the garment industry right now. The methane used by Mango Materials comes from a waste treatment plant in the Bay Area, but the company is looking at partnering with other sources of methane, such as dairy farms, in order to get more. The technology creates value for methane, which is a novel idea. Dr. Molly Morse, CEO, told Fast Company : "If we increase the va...

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