Fraunhofer Representative Office Beijing
Scraps to synthetics
Compounded and granulated polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).
© Fraunhofer IPK/Andy King

A new type of plastic made of reclaimed waste readily degrades in less than a year. The substance that will soon serve to manufacture and break down mainly disposable products in an ecofriendly way goes by the name of polyhydroxybutyrate. This innovative material can be produced on an industrial scale in a new process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK and its partners.