Bioplastic from wastewater one step closer

On May 10, a demonstration factory was opened on the HVC site in Dordrecht, where a bio-plastic is made from natural residues from waste water. In the process fatty acids from waste water are converted into PHBV (Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)). PHBV is a polymer of the polyhydroxyalkanoate family: a biodegradable, non-toxic, biocompatible plastic produced naturally by bacteria and a good alternative to many non-biodegradable synthetic polymers.
These bioplastics potentially have a wide range of applications, ranging from agricultural plastics to self-healing concrete to consumer applications, shoe soles and textiles.

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