TerraVerdae BioWorks, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials, says it has achieved key milestones for the economic, commercial production for its line of polyhydroxyalkanoate- (PHA) based biomaterials.
These include 10,000 liter production runs of the firm’s line of biodegradable microspheres for use in personal care and cosmetic products, as a direct replacement for synthetic, non-degradable plastic microbeads. William Bardosh, CEO and founder of TerraVerdae BioWorks, says this will help remove plastic contamination from water supplies.
Supported by a grant from Innovate UK, and in collaboration with researchers at facilities in the UK’s Centre for Process Innovation, TerraVerdae has successfully scaled-up its biodegradable and biocompatible materials technology from laboratory pilot scale to 10,000-plus liter capabilities, validating process scale up and production economics for commercial deployment.
TerraVerdae’s natural microspheres are a PHA-based biomaterial produced using a non-GMO, non-toxic, plant-associated process. TerraVerdae’s microspheres are intrinsically biocompatible and meet industry standards for biodegradation in a marine environment.
TerraVerdae can produce microspheres in a range of sizes, in both smooth and coarse finishes, that feature high optical clarity and the mechanical characteristics to meet all requirements for cosmetic formulations.
Earlier this year biomaterials company Metabolix and Honeywell partnered to develop biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products.