This startup is creating biodegradable fabric from methane-eating bacteria

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Humans have been employing worms to spin silk yarn for almost 5,000 years, so the idea that we can squeeze other natural fibers out of bacteria shouldn’t be so strange. But that actually wasn’t the original intention of Mango Materials co-founder and CEO Molly Morse, who started her research with methane-eating critters as a graduate student at Stanford University.

Her quest was to create a sturdy, bioadhesive that would help glue together biocomposites used as construction materials. The material’s biodegradation process got Morse and her now-chief technology officer, Allison Pieja — an engineer whose doctoral thesis centered on the production of poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) from methane — thinking about different applications. And that’s about the time that their third co-founder, Anne Schauer-Gimenez, the startup’s vice president of customer engagement and an expert in anaerobic digestion, got involved.


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