A startup based in Richmond, Calif. is making polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastic out of organic material. While the innovative process is in the very early stages, the company hopes it makes a major impact on plastics packaging.
PHA plastic was first developed in the 1980s. Traditionally, the feedstock for the material has been corn sugars or seed oil. However, Full Cycle Bioplastics is making PHA with organic discards – things like food scraps, agricultural byproducts and dirty cardboard.