Shengfu Chen (CSO)
Mi Terro is a synthetic biology and advanced material company that powers big data to create home compostable, plastic-alternative biomaterials made from plant-based agricultural waste – this is a first-of-its-kind approach. We are excited to see such a significant leap forward in our ability to manipulate nature’s most diverse and abundant building blocks.
Mi Terro uses a selection of biopolymers and natural fibers with the aim to maximize the use of side streams, second generation (non-food feedstock) and certified biomasses. We are not turning agricultural waste into beverage or snack like other companies. Instead, we use A.I. to re-engineer protein compounds in low-value wastes and replace single-use plastic and paper materials while giving additional incomes to farmers all around the world.
Up to date, we've upcycled 10,433 kg of milk waste and 50 kg of beer waste, which equals to reducing 48,658 kg of carbon emission.
For every ton of material we produce, 5.1 tons of CO2 is generated; whereas PVA (fossil fuel-based plastic) generates 8.2 tons of CO2 for every ton of material produced. As a result, in comparison to PVA, we reduce 3.1 tons of CO2 for every ton of material produced.
In the next 10 years, we plan to upcycle 40 million tons of food/agricultural waste. Since 1 ton of food waste equals 2.5 ton of CO2 equivalent, we will reduce 100 million tons of CO2.
Currently, an estimated 50 million tons of PVA and 70 million tons of thin plastic film are produced every year. We plan to replace 20% of the world’s total PVA and 15% of the total plastic thin film in the next 10 years. Since the estimated carbon footprint of PVA is 8.2 CO2/ton and plastic thin film is 8.28 CO2/ton, we will reduce an additional (82+86.94) 168.94 million tons of CO2. Accumulatively, we will reduce 268.94 million tons of CO2 in the next 10 years.
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