Alex: I had no idea that the plastic in the Cadbury milk trays was biodegradable! At the National Industrial Biotechnology Workshop in Melbourne 30th Oct, following AusBiotech08, Plantic Technologies showed us worms happily munching through the water soluble and biodegradable choccie trays. Imagine if McDonalds, Hungry Jacks and KFC etc had 100% biodegradable packaging like these trays!
The workshop consisted of a series of presentations from companies showcasing industrial biotech and highlighting an area of their commercial pathway where they are seeking collaboration to bring a technology through to market.
- PureVision Technology Inc. – cellulosic biorefining technology
- Dow Chemical ‘s use of biofuels and renewable feedstocks
- Rohm and Haas – creating new and existing chemicals from renewable sources, such as plastic additives, biodiesel products and acrylics used in paints
- Procter and Gamble – biomass feedstocks and industrial enzyme
- Plantic Technologies – bioplastics
- Environmental Biotechnology CRC – biofilms
- Agritechnology Pty Ltd – utilisation of different wastes (in areas of industrial microbiology processes, biochemistry, food science and chemical production)
There was an encouraging ‘greentech’ theme amongst the companies- all recognising the importance of and pushing for sustainability. And being smart about it- making sure new ‘green’ products match or better current products in quality and/or price.
The representatives of the respective organisations presented technologies with exciting benefits for the environment and for Australia in particular, considering many were multinational companies recognising the benefits of seeking collaboration with Australian companies.