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At mobius, we're creating a world where There's Wonder in Waste. We’re building a future where waste is not a burden on society or the planet, but instead, a valuable resource for new materials.

MATERIALS
KNOXVILLE, TN

 
 

Problem

Plastics are ubiquitous in modern society, and an ever-increasing number of items are being produced that are “single-use” – ushered in by societal trends toward convenience. Alongside these trends for increased plastic consumption, the public’s perception toward single-use plastics has been growing in negativity, with stories about plastic bans popping up almost weekly. This negative perception is directly tied to the fact that plastics quickly become trash, are rarely recycled, and often leak into terrestrial and ocean environments raising significant concerns about long-term impacts on the planet.

Degradable plastics are a small but growing subset of the plastic market taking up the flag of sustainability in the war against plastics, with the bioplastics market seeing growth rates exceeding 16% per year, more than twice that of petroleum-based non-degradable plastics. While this growing interest has been great for research and development, there have been significant problems that have held biodegradable plastics back from achieving more widespread commercial adoption, such as high price, manufacturability, and degradability.

Solution

We are creating a technology platform for bio-based, naturally degradable and compostable materials that can serve as drop-in replacements for petroleum based resins. Our compostable and in-soil degradable material technology uses lignin, the second most abundant natural biopolymer in the world and the primary waste product of biorefineries and paper mills, as a low-cost feedstock. Our first targeted applications include agricultural and horticultural products like greenhouse and nursery containers for growing plants, and plastic mulch films, silage wrap, and various small plastic clips. In the future, we plan to explore applications in food service packaging items like cutlery, takeout boxes, and coatings for fiber-based products, and in the future hope to expand into markets for packaging applications for consumer packaged goods and even 3D printing

Market

Agriculture - $12.5B

Food Service - $22B

Packaging - $122B

Team

Tony Bova - Co-Founder/CEO

Jeff Beegle - Co-Founder/Chief Science Officer

Danielle Cowan-Banker - Biosystems Engineer


ESG Principles / United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Mobius is building a future where organic waste is not seen as a burden on society or the planet, but instead as a valuable resource

  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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