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Mango Materials Featured on VOX

VOX stopped by to talk with Mango Materials about how we are going about changing the world. Conventional plastic sticks around in landfills and oceans for several hundreds of years, and is also produced using petroleum, a raw material that not only is limited, but has numerous competing uses. Mango Materials, a Larta alumnus company has developed a process that produces biodegradable plastic using waste methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Read the full story here – Planet Friendly Plastic

Mango Materials Featured in Stanford Engineering Journal

Mango Materials CEO Molly Morse is featured in this article about how harnessing methane could save our planet! Craig Criddle is on his office phone, and he doesn’t appear pleased. The Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering responds to his interlocutor on the other end of the line in terse, clipped phrases before finally hanging up. “You know,” he says with some weariness after the call, “if you want something from somebody, it’s best not to harangue them. That’s not going to get you far.” Criddle can be forgiven some irritation with overly importunate callers. A good many people want a piece of his time these days, and he has a plentitude of irons in the fire. Among his current projects are a process that converts nitrogen waste into nitrous oxide that can “turbocharge” engines at wastewater treatment plants; a microbial battery that converts dissolved organics into electrical energy; and a facility where technologies for wastewater treatment can be tested at the pilot scale. Read the full story – How Methane-Sourced Polymers Could Save the...

From Methane to Plastic to Methane, Without Waste

The New York Times covering Mango Materials and their winning of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition.  Read the full article here. Imagine that you could go online and rent something in your neighbor’s garage rather than buy something new that you will need to use only a few times a year. Or that you could use microwave technology to transform timber residue or other waste biomass into a valuable industrial material like graphite. Those were just two of the 50-plus entries in this year’s Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, an annual competition that awards the world’s largest prize for sustainable entrepreneurship. This year’s $630,000 check went to Molly Morse, chief executive of Mango Materials, a California-based startup that makes a biodegradable plastic from methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Dr. Morse, who recently earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, says her company uses a closed loop process to produce some of the most affordable bio-based and biodegradable plastics...

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Winner

New York, NY September 24, 2012 – CEO and engineer Molly Morse is the 2012 winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the world’s largest annual award for sustainable entrepreneurship. Morse received $630,000 (€500,000) to develop her promising green business. Her company, Mango Materials, uses bacteria to turn methane gas into affordable biodegradable plastic. Two other finalists, Daan Weddepohl of Amsterdam and the New Zealander Nick Gerritsen, won $125,000 (€100,000) each for their CO2-reducing business ideas. Read the Full Release Here: GC_US_Press_Release. Watch a video about the finals in New York City here: PLGC 2012 Finals The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge announced the prizewinners’ names last night at a special dinner in New York organized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The Green Challenge jury, made up of seven international experts, selected Mango Materials out of a field of over 500 entries. “Thanks to this generous prize, soon consumers will be able to buy goods made from biodegradable plastic for an affordable price,” Morse said. “And that’s going to be so much better for the environment. Our bioplastic is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic, which piles up in nature and garbage dumps.”...