In an article published on July 12, 2015 by the digital edition of the newspaper Los Angeles Times, journalist Andrew Khouri reports about start-up company Newlight that has developed an efficient way to make plastics from methane. Newlight takes methane from dairy farms and pumps it into a reactor along with air and a special company-developed biocatalyst. The resulting plastic material, called AirCarbon, Newlight then sells to companies that produce finished products such as packaging and containers. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the emissions used by Newlight would otherwise flare into the atmosphere.
Andrew Khouri (July 12, 2015). “Start-up turns methane from manure into eco-friendly plastic.” Los Angeles Times
Roger Renstrom (July 17, 2015). “Newlight inks supply deal for its methane-based PHA.” Plastics News