The Toxic Problem
The world dumps 11.2 million tonnes of polystyrene into landfill + 2.8 million tonnes of polystyrene contaminates waterways every year.
That costs us $4.6 billion by damaging our health, productivity and agriculture – something that’s projected to rapidly increase over the next decade.
For our CEO, James Ferrier, these statistics were unacceptable. With regulators continuing to tighten the noose on this toxic material and companies struggling to find suitable alternatives, he saw the urgent need for a highly customisable, fully compostable alternative.
“Our goal is to significantly reduce the harm toxic
materials are causing to the planet and to work towards
a world where waste streams regenerate, rather than
destroy our natural environment."
BioFab team is made up of leading biochemists, geneticists, mycologists, highly experienced engineers and purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are serious about science-based sustainability and the zero waste objective. With innovation in their DNA they’ve got the expertise and the drive to tackle the irresponsible use of plastic.
Our goal: significantly reduce the amount of harm we’re doing to the planet.
Now two years into our journey, BioFab, with help from our partners in the US, are the only company in Australasia using mushrooms as a highly competitive, fully compostable alternative to traditional toxic materials. The patented system turns an extremely complex process into something simple, ready for industries to adopt.
BioFab were proudly selected as finalists for the 2019 C-Prize. This competition, run by Callaghan Innovation, challenges New Zealand innovators to use new technologies to tackle complex global problems, such as climate change and resource preservation, with creativity and inventiveness.
Significant landfill reduction
Approximately 30% of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) produced globally escapes waste processes and ends up in water ways, where it leaches toxins. Replacing EPS with bio composite not only reduces the waste going to landfill but avoids toxicity all together.
Measurable CO2 reduction
While removing polystyrene from the world will make a positive impact, the production of Bio Composite will also remove CO2 from the air. For example, the hemp used to make the composite will sequester 22 tonnes of CO2 per hectare, per crop cycle – one of the fastest CO2-biomass conversion tools available.