Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) is a scientifically proven fully biodegradable plastic substitute on today that can be used as a direct replacement for the look and feel of traditional petroleum-based plastics.
Utilizing a waste stream that is consistent and creating additional byproducts will allow our PHA to be cost competitive in the global plastics market. The current PHA cost is 1000% higher than market price and prices a lot of single-use plastics out of use but we will change that.
Our secret sauce is compounding, or mixing PHA with additives to make the performance like or better than traditional plastics. There are over 200 natural and bio-based fibers and additives that can be used in formulations to make PHA perform in ways that customers both B2B and B2C expect. From credit cards to water bottles, PHA can last as long as customers need it to but not a second longer.
What is PHA?
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) is a scientifically proven fully biodegradable plastic substitute on today that can be used as a direct replacement for the look and feel of traditional petroleum-based plastics. It is a sugar polymer that is naturally found on the Earth and in our bodies which is why it can be broken down so easily by the microorganisms in the soil and doesn’t pollute our planet.
Aren’t there plenty of other bioplastics on the market?
There is a lot of greenwashing, or claiming that products are environmentally friendly when they really aren’t, going on in the bioplastics space right now. There are only 52,000 tons of fully biodegradable bioplastic made in the world each year as of 2023 compared to 420 million tons of petroleum-based plastics. PHA is one of the very few fully biodegradable solutions. You can throw PHA out your car window and it will break down with no additional help.
How long does it take PHA to degrade in nature?
It depends on the size of the product but even large products begin to break down within weeks of being returned to nature.
Is PHA recyclable?
Yes, it is fully recyclable.
What stage of development are you in with your business?
We are currently in R&D; however, we are utilizing market-price PHA to create high-margin items that are not as sensitive to the price. We are seeking corporate contracts and have 1 contract and 2 LOIs.
How scalable is the process?
The extraction process is the least scalable part, however, we are working with the University of Kentucky to get our process to >500,000 gallons per year scale within the next 2 years.
Where will you get your feedstocks?
We have a contract with a local sourcer that has contracts with large producers such as Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace (Sazerac), and Brown Forman. We are working on developing our own relationships with distilleries through the KDA, or Kentucky Distillers’ Association. If you’re with a distillery and would like to learn more about partnering with us, contact us!
Are you raising funding?
Yes! We will be closing our pre-seed round August 1st, 2023. If you are interested in participating schedule a Calendly meeting with us!
Love the planet? Or just bourbon? We would love to keep you updated with our progress!