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Paper publication on environmental biodegradability of Brewed Protein™

January 28, 2021

Spiber is pleased to announce the publication of an article in Scientific Reports on collaborative research between researchers at Spiber Inc. and Gunma University’s Green Polymer Lab. The results demonstrate the environmental biodegradability of Spiber’s Brewed Protein™ both in powder form and when molded into a thin sheet. 

The paper also presents data related to Brewed Protein’s high thermal stability, flexural strength, and flexural modulus. Brewed Protein’s promising thermal, mechanical, and biodegradation properties position it well to be a compelling alternative to commercially available biobased and biodegradable plastics. High-performance biobased and biodegradable materials have the potential to displace fossil-derived plastics and to reduce problems associated with persistent microplastic pollution. 

At Spiber, we are constantly searching for ways to improve the biodegradability and other properties of our Brewed Protein™ materials through ongoing and interdisciplinary research and development initiatives. It is our hope that these efforts will help increase the meaningful, positive impact that our materials can have on society and our shared global environment.

Details can be found here.