What's the Problem?
30% of global food production is wasted, along with the water used in the process. Companies and governments send 1.3 billion tons of organic waste to landfills every year and spend more than 40 billion dollars in logistics costs. The decomposition of organic waste in landfills is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Current organic waste management technologies like composting, anaerobic digestion, or vermicomposting are not effective because they are too expensive and/or not properly implemented, leading to ineffective collection, storage, processing, and disposal of organic waste. Also, most of these technologies are not designed to handle the sheer volume of organic waste, leading to contamination and environmental degradation. Finally, many of these technologies are not able to adequately process the waste, leading to incomplete decomposition and potential health risks.
How are they Solving it?
Bioconversion as a Service™ (BaaS): We breed specific insects and use them to process organic waste in 20 foot-long modular and scalable units called bioreactors and offer this technology as a waste management service. This hermetic modular infrastructure allows us to integrate our units into the existing waste infrastructure of our clients and, through a carbon negative process, completely convert their waste into high-value and low-impact protein and fertilizer. SYNBUG™ is a biotech platform (patent pending) that enables us to transform any organic waste into recombinant proteins such as peptides, enzymes, functional ingredients, among others. We genetically design insects with CRISPR-CAS and automate the egg production, aligned with this new genetic design. These eggs are later used in our modular units to process organic waste. As insects eat the organic waste, they grow in biomass and increase their expression of any recombinant protein. With no additional infrastructure, SYNBUG™ increases the value of every processed ton by 10 to 50 times.