An industrial biotechnology, TerraVerdae BioWorks released a line of biodegradable, natural microspheres to be utilized in cosmetic and personal care products in place of synthetic, non-degradable plastic microbeads. Microbeads have faced a regulatory backlash and were recently banned in Connecticut.
TerraVerdae is recognized for developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials. The recently launched microspheres meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) industry standards for biodegradation in a marine environment.
“Our biodegradable, environmentally safe microspheres have all the performance characteristics that cosmetic manufacturers demand of current polyethylene plastic products, but they rapidly and safely break down in the marine environment, leaving behind no harmful solids,” said William Bardosh, CEO and founder of TerraVerdae BioWorks, in a statement.
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