NGI's Cargnello and Criddle will be a leaders in the new Doerr Engineering Biology to Recycle Plastic: Valorizing Polyester and Polyethylene Waste Sustainability Accelerator team
Each year, 360 million tons of plastic are produced globally, of which over 150 million tons end up polluting the natural environment. Biology can play a key role in plastic recycling as it has the complexity to be designed to meet different material challenges, yet is broadly deployable. We are engineering biocatalysts that can rapidly break down multiple types of plastic in physically complex and mixed material waste streams. The support of the Sustainability Accelerator will catalyze our progress towards achieving industrial-scale biorecycling, enabling a future where biocatalysts are deployed at the points of plastic waste generation around the world.