Full Cycle is a new materials startup located in California that is focused on solving systemic issues in the global waste and plastics industries.
Explain your idea
Full Cycle converts organic and cellulosic waste, including food, agricultural byproducts, and cardboard and waste paper into high-value, fully compostable bio-plastics called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). PHAs' harmlessly and naturally degrade in marine and terrestrial ecosystems offering an environmentally favorable alternative to traditional petro-based plastics. PHAs are adaptable and high-performance polymers with broad commercial application potential including commercial food-grade packaging and agriculture films. Full Cycle uses a patented biotechnological process to break down waste and build polymers using non-GMO wild type bacteria - mitigating costs, regulatory constraints and scalability challenges.
Because we use food waste to create fully compostable plastics we simultaneously solve two unintended consequences of the Consumption Economy, namely organic and plastic waste pollution. Equally important, we offer regions a profitable solution for organic waste treatment and upcycling - unlocking the ability to install waste collection and processing infrastructure in those locales that are currently underserved including India, SE Asia and China.
Full Cycle simultaneously helps solve systemic issues in the waste, food system and plastic industries. By upcycling mixed waste streams into a compostable bioplastic, Full Cycle reduces the amount of organic material sent to landfills and replaces traditional fossil fuel derived materials with PHA.
Full Cycle helps make organics diversion profitable and helps unlock investment in waste collection infrastructure. Regions that have struggled to implement holistic waste management technologies (SE Asia, India, China, etc.) have an economically viable solution that helps eliminate organic and plastic waste pollution.
The introduction of a compostable bioplastic to the global materials pallet helps eliminate hazardous plastic pollution. Full Cycle is working with materials manufacturers and global consumer brands to implement PHA within their products and supply chains.
How is your idea unique?
Unlike competing PHA producers, Full Cycle’s process does not rely on cultivated food crops, arable land or GMO bacteria. The result is lower capital and operating costs, reducing the price of PHA to levels competitive with fossil-fuel derived alternatives—an industry first that simultaneously expands the addressable market for PHA bioplastic and improves waste industry profitability—key ingredients for widespread adoption and the potential to scale globally.
Idea Proposal Stage
Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.
Tell us more about you
Full Cycle is a start-up located in Richmond, California and has lab space at the USDA Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California. The Full Cycle team has an extensive and diverse set of entrepreneurial experiences and is committed to catalyzing the Circular Economy through innovative waste management and sustainable materials creation.
Founders Dane and Jeff Anderson have been developing the Full Cycle vision since their undergraduate studies at UC Davis (2003 2008). As civil engineers, with a focus on wastewater treatment, they bring a fresh perspective to the large scale, aqueous biological systems at the heart of PHA manufacturing.
CEO Andrew Falcon has a rare combination of expertise in the fields of plastics, packaging and waste, which makes him an ideal leader for Full Cycle. In a 15+ year career with Mitsubishi Corporation, he gained extensive experience with startups, turnarounds, and rapid scaling in various plastic converting operations, serving as the CEO of C&M Fine Pack, a $150mm supplier of custom food service disposables.