IF WE develop zero carbon materials at scale, can we erradicate the world of plastic pollution?
During their lifetime, humans will ingest an equivalent of 70,000 plastic bags in the form of microplastics. Despite efforts to slow or prevent this, a solution has yet to be found.
Packaging has become a major concern for consumers and companies alike, leading to policy changes as a means to reduce hard-to-recycle plastics. California, for instance, is pioneering a law that extends the ban on plastic bags to include all single-use plastics.
However, current alternatives often contain hidden plastics and are not truly biodegradable, making them inconvenient to recycle or compost.
This leaves industries such as e-commerce, construction agriculture with an unmet need for large volumes of low-cost plastic alternatives.
And that's where Atacama Biomaterials comes in.
Atacama Biomaterials’ game-changing toolkit integrates natural polymers, AI and robotics to enable the transition toward a sustainable bioeconomy. These technologies capitalize on the properties and functionality of renewable polymers and can turn any biomass into a commercially viable material.
The company’s AI tools reformulate materials based on natural feedstock variability, providing a reliable performance and overcoming the challenge of deploying bio-based materials. At the same time, their manufacturing robots enable low-cost, low-energy production at scale.
Woodpack, the company’s first product, is a fully compostable suite of flexible material made from recycled wood pulp, combining the lightweight nature and performance of plastic with the renewable and low environmental impact of paper. It provides a low-carbon, compostable, recyclable alternative to other materials, some of which can be almost impossible to recycle. Woodpack protects products and the environment.
Woodpack has the potential to make a significant positive impact on the environment. With its natural compostability and low-carbon footprint, it represents a viable alternative to traditional plastic films. Furthermore, its production eliminates the need for oil extraction and energy conversion, representing a reduced carbon footprint.
By replacing the world's flexible films with Woodpack, Atacama will eliminate the generation of 30 million tons of plastic waste per year and 263 MMtCO2e.
In addition, Woodpack's poly bags are the perfect combination of lightness and sustainability, as their production is significantly lower in terms of carbon footprint when compared to traditional cardboard boxes. Most significantly, through their game-changing manufacturing process, they are able to rely on renewable energy for material manufacturing, unveiling the potential for net-zero materials.
Atacama’s work complies with 4 United Nations Sustainable Goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water and Life on Land.
The collaboration between Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE Lab and Atacama Biomaterials is instrumental in scaling the production of manufacturing robots. Atacama Biomaterials benefits from the fab lab's prototyping space and utilizes software like SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA for design and simulation.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has allowed Atacama Biomaterials to manage the collaboration effectively, our multi-country operations and our collaboration with key partners, ensuring seamless coordination and collaboration across different locations.
We are currently working on the integration of our AI-based molecular dynamics into Dassault Sysèmes' BIOVIA platform to further enhance their capabilities.
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