Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
EggPlant solves the wastewater disposal problem and the pollution coming from traditional hydrocarbons based plastic, by reusing wastewater as raw material to make bioplastic. Besides EggPlant provides a solution to traditional bioplastic production, mainly based on the adoption of food related raw materials. Thanks to its scalable technology and so to the possibility to adopt every kind of agrifood wastewater, EggPlant will spread its impact worldwide by adopting local waste and by enhancing local economies. To date EggPlant has proved its concept in Italy by adopting a local waste, olive mill wastewater, but it has already gained interest to apply its solution in other countries with related waste (e.g. Palm Oil Mill Effluent in Malaysia)
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Several LCA analysis have already demonstrated the positive result for bio based polymers (PLA and PHA) manufactured from natural and renewable resources and by-products (e.g. corn straw, sugar cane bagasse, crops, etc.) with an average saving potential in the production of 2-4 tons of CO2 equivalents per ton of plastics (compared with traditional PET, PP, etc).
Moreover, first calculations for a preliminary LCA analysis based on EggPlant proprietary technology, suggest that the overall carbon footprint of PHA produced by wastewater is even lower (< 20%, i.e. < -1 ton of CO2 eq per ton of plastic), thanks to the use of waste as raw material.
This is the only reliable approach for a truly “cradle to cradle” bioplastic production toward a negative CO2 emission industrial biomimicry-based process. That’s how we dream to impact our planet and climate, acting like nature does.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
EggPlant technology will use any kind of organic waste and wastewater to produce high tech bioplastic worldwide. Since wastewater is everywhere (different streams based on specific geographic areas, e.g. olive oil mill wastewater in Mediterranean area, palm oil in Malaysia) and since plastic is globally adopted in daily life, EggPlant aims to change the paradigm of waste and conventional plastic at scale. In 5 years from now EggPlant expects a fast technological, geographical and financial scale-up: wastewater streams increase (10-15 types), EU and US penetration, 10% bioplastic market share