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Microplastics are in everything. What if they were biodegradable?

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Microplastics are everywhere, from Arctic snow and the deepest corners of the ocean to bottled water, table salt, and your baby’s poop. The source of the problem is sometimes less than obvious—laundry detergent, for example, is typically made with plastic microcapsules to hold fragrance. In Europe, these “added” microplastics will soon be banned in products. But until recently, there hasn’t been a viable alternative.

Calyxia, a Paris-based startup, has now developed new microcapsules that are biodegradable and is scaling up production. The company, which just announced that it raised €15 million ($17.5 million) in a Series A round of funding led by Astanor Ventures, is also developing coatings that can be added to plastic products—such as electronics, or sporting goods, or cars—to help prevent the material from releasing microplastics as it wears down.


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