Soy as an alternative to plastic
Graduates of Purdue University in the USA founded SoyFoliate with the aim of counteracting environmental contamination with the aid of biodegradable soy microbeads.
Plastic microbeads are widely used in the beauty sector. However, they have a number of disadvantages: plastic is neither biodegradable nor hydrophilic. In distinction, SoyFoliate’s product possesses these qualities, which makes it a good replacement for plastic microbeads explained Samuel Lewis, one of SoyFoliate’s founders.
The use of conventional microbeads made of plastic is restricted in the USA. With this development, SoyFoliate would be the first company to launch an alternative suitable for use in a wide range of applications. The last year was used to conduct market research and to develop a prototype to test for shelf stability and environmental compatibility.
SoyFoliate is a member of the Purdue start-up class of 2017 and works closely with the Purdue Foundry. In 2016, the company was awarded $20,000 by the Soy Innovation Competition. The technology used by SoyFoliate is licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.
Source, photo: SoyFoliate