Full Cycle Bioplastics was founded in 2014 to fight plastic pollution and climate change by transforming organic matter into a compostable alternative to oil-based plastics. The technology was 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.
Full Cycle’s proprietary technology converts mixed organic waste — such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products, and un-recyclable paper — into compostable, marine-degradable bioplastics called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA’s). PHA’s are made naturally by bacteria, degrade harmlessly at end of life, and are versatile alternatives to many oil-based plastics.
Full Cycle’s process makes organic waste recycling profitable and introduces a bio-based material that can re-enter organics facilities at end of life. Since the bioplastic is organic matter itself, it can be upcycled by Full Cycle into virgin PHA material anew, making it a circular, regenerative solution. Moreover, by licensing its technology to large generators and aggregators of organic waste, Full Cycle links 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.