Better plastic. Sustainably sourced.
The Plastic Paradox:
Plastics are indispensable for nearly every industry, but they place an enormous burden on the environment.
More than 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels and more than 300 million tons of plastic waste is generated each year, ending up in landfills and incinerators, or improperly released to the environment.
From production through disposal, plastics account for nearly 1 gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The Critical Need:
To be viable on a meaningful scale, sustainable alternatives to conventional plastics cannot sacrifice performance or cost.
Making plastics from biomass can reduce the environmental footprint, but today’s bio-based plastics are made from food sources at high cost and perform worse than conventional plastics.
ReSource has created technology to produce high-volume plastics that are made from truly sustainable feedstocks – CO2 and inedible biomass – yet outperform conventional materials and have favorable end-of-use options.
Our technology is a revolutionary process to make a bio-based platform chemical known as FDCA, which can be used to make plastics (such as PEF) that have better physical properties and superior performance over plastics made from fossil fuels.
Current technologies for making FDCA require sugar from food products as the raw material, which compromises sustainability. In addition, they utilize extremely complex process chemistry, which has made large-scale production uneconomical.
The raw materials for our process are CO2 and inedible biomass. Our proprietary technology eliminates two thirds of the steps that are required to make FDCA from food, resulting in dramatically reduced production costs that will enable market penetration for high-volume applications. In addition to favorable economics, we make it possible to produce FDCA with negative emissions.
All other technologies
Use food as the raw material •
Increase demand for cropland •
Extreme process complexity •
High cost •
• Uses inedible biomass and CO2
• No land use changes
• Low complexity
• Low cost
PEF offers sustainability and performance for packaging and textiles
FDCA can also be used to make non-toxic plasticizers
Our technology has many environmental benefits
Less Plastic Usage
No greenhouse gas emissions from land use change
Less food waste
No impact on ecosystems & biodiversity
Aanindeeta Banerjee, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO
Amy Frankhouser, PhD
Prof. Matt Kanan, PhD
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Advisor
Feng Cheng, PhD
Process Development Engineer
Investors & awards
Angel investors: Matthew Berger and Adam Winkel.