Full Cycle Bioplastics fights plastic pollution and climate change by transforming organic matter into a compostable alternative to oil-based plastics. The company was founded in 2014 and bootstrapped in a shed behind a peach processing facility in Fresno, CA. Once validated, the company secured a seed investment and a partnership with the USDA, and has subsequently been scaling its technology and customer base.
Full Cycle’s proprietary technology converts mixed organic waste — such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products, and un-recyclable paper — into cost-competitive, compostable biopolymers called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). PHAs are made naturally by bacteria, degrade harmlessly at end of life, and are versatile alternatives to many oil-based plastics.
Full Cycle technology makes organic waste management and recycling profitable. With Full Cycle technology, managers of organic waste streams like waste processing facilities, municipalities, and food and beverage companies, can manufacture a high-value and sustainable product in the form of PHA resins that can be used in a range of compostable products and packaging applications. At end of life, PHA-based products can be recycled as part of a regenerative organics recycling loop, effectively closing the loop and linking waste and materials markets.
What makes them special?
Full Cycle has the unique ability to take a wide array of non-homogenous feedstocks and produce consistent, custom polymers at a cost that is competitive with oil-based alternatives.
Full Cycle’s business model is unique as well. The technology scales down effectively, enabling regional deployment and demonstration of economically viable solutions that are less capital intensive than many alternative waste conversion technologies. Licensing also allows rapid technology adoption by leveraging the financial strength of licensees and project finance partners, rather than relying on the organic growth of owner-operator, self-financed facilities.