Is the Mango Materials process a closed loop?
Yes! Mango Materials uses waste methane from a wastewater treatment plant or landfill to produce a biodegradable polymer that can be converted into a plastic good. Once that plastic good is finished with its use, it can be sent to a wastewater treatment plant or landfill to be degraded and turned back into methane.
What type of polymer does Mango Materials produce?
Mango Materials currently produces PHB. Investigations are under way on the production of copolymers as well as blends of PHB with a variety of other materials.
What is PHB & what type of products can be made from PHB?
PHB stands for poly-hydroxybutryate which is a biopolymer that has properties similar to polypropylene. PHB can be made into a variety of products, including electronic casings, children’s toys, shampoo bottles, and packaging, just to name a few.
Do you use mangoes to make products?
Mangoes are not used directly in the Mango Materials process; the feedstock is methane gas.
What is the Mango Materials feedstock?
Mango Materials utilizes waste methane gas that is often flared or simply released (vented) to the atmosphere. Mango Materials uses waste methane gas that is produced from anaerobic digestion (without oxygen) of waste at wastewater treatment plants or waste methane gas that is produced from waste decomposition at landfills, agricultural facilties, or other industries.
What is methane?
Methane is a gas that is often released from wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and agricultural facilities. It is comprised of carbon and hydrogen. It is also considered a greenhouse gas and is potentially 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and can contribute to the reduction of the ozone layer.
Why are you named Mango Materials?
Mangoes are delicious! Mango Materials has a natural process to make a bioproduct and needed a name to reflect the natural process.
In what form would the Mango Materials product be?
Mango Materials produces its naturally occurring biopolymer in the form of either powder or pellets.
How does the Mango Materials product compare with existing products?
Compared to many other producers of PHB, Mango Materials uses a waste feedstock (waste methane gas) and does not use genetically modified feedstocks or organisms. Mango Materials uses a novel, environmentally friendly manufacturing process which results in PHB that is significantly more affordable than PHB produced by competitors. Additionally, Mango Materials can produce other types of PHB related products other than pure PHB.
How quickly does the Mango Materials product biodegrade?
The rate of degradation depends on the environment and thickness of the material. The Mango Materials product can break down in aerobic and anaerobic conditions and is expected to pass all relevant ASTM and other bio-related certification tests.
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