25 Sep '12, 7pm

From Methane to Plastic to Methane, Without Waste

Mango Materials Methane is captured at a wastewater treatment plant and used to make a bipolymer that goes into the manufacture of a range of products. Later it is turned back into methane and reused. Imagine that you could go online and rent something in your neighbor’s garage rather than buy something new that you will need to use only a few times a year. Or that you could use microwave technology to transform timber residue or other waste biomass into a valuable industrial material like graphite. Those were just two of the 50-plus entries in this year’s Postcode Lottery Green Challenge , an annual competition that awards the world’s largest prize for sustainable entrepreneurship. This year’s $630,000 check went to Molly Morse , chief executive of Mango Materials , a California-based startup that makes a biodegradable plastic from methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Dr. ...

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