Plastic Alternatives made from Plant Residue
Our innovation creates an alternative to plastic made from fibrous organic waste or agricultural residue (the part of the plant that's leftover and not used for human consumption) such as wheat stalks, sugar cane bagasse, nut shells or hulls, rice husks, coffee grounds, or sticks and twigs. Each year, over 1.6 billion tonnes of such agricultural residue and organic waste is generated globally.
We convert these raw agricultural inputs into a 'plastic-like' pellet, that can be used in existing plastic molding equipment to create a range of products to replace plastic.
The pellets created through our process can either be used to create single-use or short-life compostable products, or they can be blended with plastic pellets to create hybrid 'Plant-Plastic' products.
Replacing Plastic with an 100% Plant-Based Substitute
The flowchart below shows the process by which we convert organic residue into products to replace plastic. This process can be applied to all forms of fibrous plant residue.
These products are generally single-use or short-life items that feel and perform like plastic but will decompose in natural conditions.
FIBROUS PLANT RESIDUE
(E.G. COFFEE GROUNDS)
Our process takes any type of fibrous plant residue. Take coffee grounds as one example. This could alternatively be wheat stalks, rice husks, sugar cane bagasse, or nut shells - or whatever is locally available.
After going through our patented process, the fibrous plant residue is converted into a plant-based pellet that resembles plastic pellets. These pellets are ready to be used in conventional plastic molding equipment.
PRODUCTS TO REPLACE PLASTIC
The 'plastic-like' pellets can be converted into products in the same way conventional plastic pellets are converted into products. However, our products are plant-based, and will break down naturally over time.
E.G. THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING COFFEE GROUNDS INTO SINGLE-USE
COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS TO REPLACE PLASTIC
Reducing Plastic by Creating 'Plant-Plastic' Hybrid Products
The flowchart below shows the process by which the plant-based pellets that are produced through our process can be blended with conventional plastic pellets to create hybrid plant-plastic products for greater durability.
(E.G. WHEAT STALKS)
Any type of fibrous agricultural residue can be used. Here we use the example of wheat stalks, but this could be other agricultural waste materials such as bagasse or tree trimmings.
'PLASTIC LIKE' PELLETS
Our process converts the organic material into plastic-like pellets. These pellets can then be blended with plastic pellets if durability is desired for specific product characteristics.
CONVENTIONAL PLASTIC PELLETS
Recycled plastic pellets, virgin plastic pellets, or even ocean plastics can be blended with our plastic-like pellets to create hybrid products.
PRODUCTS WITH LESS PLASTIC
Products made from plant-plastic hybrid material can be used in a range of applications where plastic is currently used. The resulting products match the performance of 100% plastic products, but contain less plastic.
E.G. THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING WHEAT STALKS INTO
DURABLE PLANT-PLASTIC HYBRID PRODUCTS
No more expensive than conventional plastics
Compostable in natural conditions (i.e. 'Home Compostable')
Can blend with plastics such as PVC, PP, PE, PS, PET, ABS, etc.
Can be made from whatever organic/agricultural 'waste' is locally available
Approved as 'Food Safe' to US FDA food safety standards - suitable for food utensils
Can blend in plant component at varying ratios depending on desired performance
Can be used in existing plastic molding equipment (injection, compression, extrusion, etc.)
Plant input can be bespoke based on consumer preferences
Products made from 100% our material:
Our material blended with plastic:
WHO WE WORK WITH
Are you an agricultural producer with excess or underutilised agricultural residue?
Contact us to learn about how to extract greater revenues from this residue, and to reduce costs associated with its storage or disposal. It can even be turned into products currently used in your operations which have traditionally been made out of plastic!
Are you a Municipal Government with a plant waste problem?
Contact us to learn about how you can convert your city's green waste or coffee residue into higher value-added products which substitute for plastic, thereby increasing revenues, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and avoiding landfill levies.
Are you a plastic product producer looking to replace or decrease the amount of plastic in your products due to regulatory pressure or consumer sentiment?
Contact us to learn about how you can reduce or avoid plastic use without sacrificing cost-effectiveness or performance, while maintaining your social licence to operate.
Are you looking for products which meet your requirements but contain less plastic?
Contact us to learn about how to can procure cost-effective solutions which also meet government and consumer requirements.