RELEASE: Earth Day 2024: Angel Yeast continues to address the challenges of plastic pollution

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RELEASE: Earth Day 2024: Angel Yeast continues to address the challenges of plastic pollution

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-Earth Day 2024: Angel Yeast continues to address plastic pollution challenges with bio-based materials solutions

SHANGHAI, April 22, 2024/PRNewswire/ -- With the theme "Planet vs. Plastics", the 55th Earth Day serves as a profound reminder for everyone to play a role in protecting the environment. Angel Yeast, (SH600298), the world's leading yeast and biotechnology company, actively promotes and develops biodegradable materials projects as it advances materials transformation and contributes to building a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

Plastics, once considered one of "the greatest inventions of the 20th century," have now become a major burden on Earth's ecosystem. EA Earth Action, a leading mission-driven research consultancy, has published an annual report stating that by 2024, each person on the planet will produce 28 kilos of plastic waste, representing a total of 220 million tonnes, the equivalent of 20,000 Eiffel Towers.

"Whether in the hustle and bustle of city streets or in the quiet countryside, from land to sea, plastic waste is everywhere, posing a serious challenge to the planet like never before. , and the answer to the global problem is in our hands," said Xiao Minghua, general manager of Angel Yeast. "Angel Yeast is committed to promoting bio-based materials, including PHA and PLA, to support and free the Earth from plastic challenges."

Angel Yeast has established a joint venture with Beijing PhaBuilder Biotechnology Co., Ltd (PhaBuilder) to carry out the PHA industrialization project with the opening of a PHA factory. PHA (polyhydeoxyalkanoates), a polyester naturally produced by microorganisms, is biodegradable and has biocompatible properties, making it highly sought after in fields such as biomedical material and biodegradable packaging material.

With more than 150 types of PHA monomers, the diverse material properties and environmentally friendly degradation properties of PHA make them ideal for replacing traditional petrochemical plastics, which can be used in a wide range of traditional and non-polymer applications. traditional. PHA production has a zero carbon footprint and fully incorporates ecological and environmental principles.

The 80,000 square meter PHA factory in Yichang, Hubei Province, is an integrated PHA industrial chain covering research and development, production and sales. The 30 kt/a PHA production site has started construction and the first phase production line should be operational in the first quarter of 2025.

Meanwhile, Angel Yeast and Shanghai Synlife have founded the joint venture Hubei Uniqi Biological Technology Co., Ltd., to promote scale production of modified polylactic acid (PLA), which now accounts for 40 percent of biodegradable materials in the world. world. PLA is widely used in food and beverage containers, packaging, film and bag products, 3D additives, fibers, healthcare, and more.

Uniqi focuses on the research and development of modified PLA from the beginning to retain its degradability, thermoplasticity, transparency and mechanical properties and achieve excellent performance. Leveraging its extensive experience in PLA-based high-performance bio-based materials, it has developed a series of new PLA products and successfully achieved large-scale mass production.

Angel Yeast responds to the 'dual carbon' objectives and the strategic objective of green and sustainable development with concrete actions, promoting the R D and mass production of bio-based PLA and PHA biodegradable materials, and is giving full play to our role in building a green, low-carbon and circular economy.

"Angel Yeast's corporate mission and vision are closely linked to the pursuit of sustainable development, and we will continue to promote the production and application of bio-based materials through technological innovation and contributing to global causes of environmental conservation. Angel "Yeast firmly believes that through joint efforts we can solve the problem of plastic pollution and protect the blue planet," said Xiao Minghua of Angel Yeast.

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