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eats my plastic

Problem

Annual production of plastic has increased from 1.5 million metric tons in the 1950 to 359 in 2018. Currently there are about 9 billion metric tons of plastic on planet Earth. The amount of plastic that flows into the oceans is expected to rise by 2040 from ca. 8 to 29 million metric tons per year. About 150 million metric tons have accumulated in the oceans so far. By 2040, the amount is expected to be 600 million metric tons.

This is roughly equivalent to the mass of the whole world population. Only about 9% of all plastic is recycled. In Ukraine only 4% of plastic is recycled. The rest either ends up in landfills or is incinerated. According to the World Economic Forum by 2050, one-fifth of worldwide oil production will be used to produce plastic. With this progression, the ecological catastrophe caused by plastic pollution is imminent.

This is our opportunity. Plastic waste and in particular polyethylene is not waste for us.

It is a commodity.

Solution

The eating habits of the larvae of the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) informed our design. We discovered that the larvae of wax moth in certain conditions confuses the chemical structure of polyethylene with the chemical structure of wax. They then start eating it and breaking it down. The product of digestion is ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is used in agriculture as fertilizer and in chemical industry e.g. as antifreeze.It is a commodity.

Fermenter uses a synthetically created compound,

 which mimics the digestion process of wax moth.

The working principles are similar to those of Bio-composter.

Solution

The eating habits of the larvae of the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) informed our design. We discovered that the larvae of wax moth in certain conditions confuses the chemical structure of polyethylene with the chemical structure of wax. They then start eating it and breaking it down. The product of digestion is ethylene glycol. Ethylene Glycol is used in agriculture as fertilizer and in chemical industry e.g. as antifreeze.It is a commodity.

Fermenter uses a synthetically created compound, which mimics the digestion process of wax moth.

The working principles are similar to those of Bio-composter.

Design

Our design uses five of Nature’s Unifying Patterns. Read more
Our solution is using only local resources and conditions to operate.
Moths can be found everywhere where bees are. We do not need to
introduce moths to new environments.

Use available energy

Our composter does not require an additional energy source. It relies only on the energy of the surroundings and once the process inside of the composter starts, it creates energy. 

Mutual benefit

The mutual benefit of our design is that by feeding polyethylene to moths we turn polyethylene into a commodity, which can be used e.g. in agriculture. 

Recycle materials

We decided to design our composter from recycled plastic, so that once it cannot be used anymore, we shred it and feed it to the moths. 

Locally attuned

Our solution is using only local resources and conditions to operate. Moths can be found everywhere where bees are. We do not need to introduce moths to new environments.

Use abundant resources

Our design is bio-depolymerisation. In our project, we do not use any rare resources and rely only on what is available in abundance, waste and parasites.

Use available energy

Our composter does not require an additional energy source. It relies only on the energy of the surroundings and once the process inside of the composter starts, it creates energy. 

Mutual benefit

The mutual benefit of our design is that by feeding polyethylene to moths we turn polyethylene into a commodity, which can be used e.g. in agriculture. 

Recycle materials

We decided to design our composter from recycled plastic, so that once it cannot be used anymore, we shred it and feed it to the moths. 

Locally attuned

Our solution is using only local resources and conditions to operate. Moths can be found everywhere where bees are. We do not need to introduce moths to new environments.

Use abundant resources

Our design is bio-depolymerisation. In our project, we do not use any rare resources and rely only on what is available in abundance, waste and parasites.

Use available energy

Our composter does not require an additional energy source. It relies only on the energy of the surroundings and once the process inside of the composter starts, it creates energy. 

Mutual benefit

The mutual benefit of our design is that by feeding polyethylene to moths we turn polyethylene into a commodity, which can be used e.g. in agriculture. 

Recycle materials

We decided to design our composter from recycled plastic, so that once it cannot be used anymore, we shred it and feed it to the moths. 

Locally attuned

Our solution is using only local resources and conditions to operate. Moths can be found everywhere where bees are. We do not need to introduce moths to new environments.

Use abundant resources

Our design is bio-depolymerisation. In our project, we do not use any rare resources and rely only on what is available in abundance, waste and parasites.

Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding

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Traction

We participated in:

Accelerator ‘Stoff im Kopf 1‘ (Germany) in 2020

The 3rd Wave Of Business Academy of UNIDO/GEF project GCIP Ukraine in 2021

National Biomimicry Challenge (supported by UNDP (Ukraine) in 2021

Biomimicry Launchpad (USA)

Traction

We participated in:

Accelerator ‘Stoff im Kopf 1‘ (Germany) in 2020

The 3rd Wave Of Business Academy of UNIDO/GEF project GCIP Ukraine in 2021

National Biomimicry Challenge (supported by UNDP (Ukraine) in 2021

Biomimicry Launchpad (USA)

Press about us

Team

Our team consists of three biologists, one marketing and communication expert and one business expert. We are located in different countries and speak several languages. The age range of our team is from 20 to 50 years. Two of our teammates have previous successful startup experience. One of our teammates teaches courses on sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the universities in Germany. By combining our skills, backgrounds, experience and can-do attitude, we create synergy effects, which support us in achieving our project goals.

Jobs

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us to conduct the interviews

Interview partners

We are currently looking for suitable interview partners to test our assumptions

Farmers

We are looking for farmers who will be willing to test our prototype in real-life environment

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us to conduct the interviews

Interview partners

We are currently looking for suitable interview partners to test our assumptions

Farmers

We are looking for farmers who will be willing to test our prototype in real-life environment

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us to conduct the interviews

Interview partners

We are currently looking for suitable interview partners to test our assumptions

Farmers

We are looking for farmers who will be willing to test our prototype in real-life environment

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