Mango Materials announced at SynBioBeta 2017 that the company is paving a path to biodegradable fibers with greenhouse gases. Waste methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than CO2, is now the key to create fibers that can be made into clothing. Mango Materials technology uses microorganisms to turn CO2 into a biological version of polyester that is economically competitive with conventional oil-based materials.
With Mango Material’s innovation, consumers will be able to compost clothing made from the biopolymer. Even if garments end up in a landfill, they will biodegrade naturally. If garments made of their fiber land in the ocean, marine organisms will be able to digest the fibers . If the methane released in landfills is captured at the point of production, it can be used make new garments, creating industrial loops of product to waste to product. While the company will focus on clothing markets first, their biopolymer can be applied to packaging and other plastic-based goods, too.
Made up of engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators, Mango Materials was incorporated in 2010 and received its first round of funding in 2011. Mango Materials first connected with Larta when they were awarded an NSF SBIR grant and participated in a commercialization assistance program in 2012. The company was then selected to present at the 2015 Ag Innovation Showcase in St Louis.
Read more about Mango Materials biodegradable fibers at Fast Company.