Plastic Pollution is a Global Crisis
Plastic pollution is a global crisis that threatens the lives of millions of wildlife and the food safety for 4 billion people. Despite current recycling technologies, 90% of post-consumer plastic waste becomes pollution.
BioCellection is tackling plastic pollution one step at a time. We are starting with polystyrene and polyethylene film due to the vast amounts being used and sent to the land fill each year. These materials have very low recyclability, are difficult to sort out and makes up one third of marine pollution.
BioCellection's solution is to upcycle plastic pollution into valuable materials for textiles
BioCellection is using a two step process to tackle plastic pollution one plastic at a time. We are coupling chemistry and synthetic biology together to create a novel process that breaks down plastics into usable building blocks that are then turned into other valuable materials. We are starting with polystyrene and polyethylene film because it has very low recyclability, and makes up one third of marine pollution.
Watch Our Co-founders talk about the science project that became BioCellection at TED2013
Read about us in the news
"These Students Are Developing Bacteria That Eats Our Plastic Pollution" FastCo.Exist May 17, 2016
"Wharton Startup Tackles Plastic Pollution" Poets&Quants May 3, 2016
Invitation to Present to the Environmental Programs Division (EPD) of Los Angeles County
Beijing ChaoYang District Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Competition (OTEC) 2016 Global Finals Grand Prize
Silicon Dragon Pitch NYC: Advancement into the Overseas Talent Entrepreneur Conference Finals in Beijing FORBES ARTICLE
Wharton Business Plan Competition 2016 Perlman Grand Prize, Michelson People's Choice Award, Social Impact Prize, Gloeckner Award for Top Undergraduate Team, and Committee's Choice: Wow Factor PRESS RELEASE
Weiss Tech House PennVention Grand Prize and Social Impact Prize
Find us at upcoming events!
Coast Waste Management Association Conference 2016 (Oct 19 - Oct 21 Victoria, Canada)
Plug and Play New Materials EXPO (Oct. 27, Plug and Play Tech Center Sunnyvale)
BIG Pitch Finalist Solutions (Nov 11, Ocean Exchange)
LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 - Closing the Loop (Nov 29 - Dec 1 Sweden)
BioCellection was founded by technical co-founders who have worked on the science behind the developing invention for the past five years and currently hold three provisional patents for this technology. In 2013, co-founders Miranda and Jeanny were invited to speak at TED about their plastic-eating bacteria research, which began as a science fair project from high school. Since then, the research and development has evolved to take on to not only ocean plastics, but polystyrene and film plastics that are being thrown into the landfill each year. Currently the management team receives mentorship from world-class experts in science, biotech scale-up, and business development, and has investors from USA, China, and Europe.