Ever increasing consumer demand, and a greater awareness of the environmental consequences of servicing this demand alongside a desire for improved performance in these materials, is driving the development of a new generation of bioengineered materials.
Advanced bioengineering offers an alternative route to manufacturing some of these materials. Bondi Bio is a Solar Biomanufacturing business. We bioengineer photosynthetic cyanobacteria to produce high-value target compounds from light, CO2 and water. Cyanobacteria offer a particularly promising route to manufacture materials such as bioplastics.
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are a promising class of bioplastics which are naturally produced by cyanobacteria. PHAs are unique bioplastics that are completely biodegradable in soil and marine environments, have reduced environmental impact compared to petrochemically derived plastics but, have similar mechanical properties, and are processed in a similar manner.
For CO2 producing industries such as brewing, the appeal of PHAs may be further enhanced by the ability to integrate bioplastic production and CO2 consumption into the existing production process. This can allow a circular bioeconomy, whereby packaging is produced from a by-product of the existing process, and with the potential to utilize the residual cyanobacteria biomass as a feedstock for the existing process.