Genetically engineered microbes for polyester textile recycling - Innovation @ E2Expo
Updated : December 2020
Genetically modified microbes for synthetic fibre recycling
Reusing waste and limiting the introduction of virgin materials has great economic and environmental value. This fact holds good especially for synthetic textiles as they involve use of nonrenewable resources and do not degrade. Further, the existing recycling options have challenges with cost, efficiency and capacity. Ambercycle uses genetically engineered microbes to digest waste polyester textiles and transform them into material that can be used as new fibers. The company has developed the proof of concept for its biological process and has started to test different waste fabrics to determine efficacy of the process.
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The technology helps in protecting marine environment from microplastics of waste polyester textiles. It also helps textile waste management companies efficiently manage the waste through alternative methods such as recycling while also significantly reducing the need for fossil fuels to manufacture new textiles.
The company has won Launch2020 award as the top fabric innovator. It has also connected to major industry players and secured an investment of half a million dollars. It has also received grants from the Lemelson Foundation, the Schmidt Family Foundation, and Y combinator to develop its R&D.