Metabolix Performance PHA Biopolymers

  • Performance Additives

    Performance Additives

    Metabolix is developing biopolymers as performance additives for conventional and biobased plastics.

  • Functional Biodegradation

    Functional Biodegradation

    Metabolix performance biopolymers are a unique biobased material for applications requiring functional biodegradation.

Metabolix biopolymers are based on polyhydroxyalkanoate polymers (PHAs) and are made by fermentation using renewable carbon based feedstocks, making them 100% biobased in neat form.  Metabolix has developed leading technology for production of a broad range of PHA biopolymers as evidenced by an industry leading intellectual property portfolio and continues to innovate further to expand the range of performance and production economics of our PHA biopolymers.

In 2011, global demand for conventional plastics growing 3-5% annually topped 240 million metric tons. With this growth, comes the realization that the accumulation of plastic in the environment is a growing concern around the globe. With the pace of innovation and new product development advancing, bioplastics industry sources project increasing demand for biobased and biodegradable polymers in the years ahead with annual growth rates of approximately 20%.   

Metabolix provides plastics manufacturers with a unique biopolymer material to help meet performance and sustainability objectives. Metabolix biopolymers are produced and consumed naturally in living organisms such as microbes. As a result, our biopolymers can be biodegraded by similar microbes present in ambient  environments such as soil and water. Mirel™ soil and marine biodegradable polymers help to reduce plastic waste accumulation in the environment.