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The New York Times covering Mango Materials and their winning of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition.  Read the full article here.

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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 available.