The Study of PHA
Our Study of PHA, a novel biodegradable bioplastic, will test true degradation in 6 environments over 64 weeks.
“We pursue research that drives impact – science to solutions.”
5 Gyres was founded in 2009 to research gaps in our global understanding of plastic pollution and apply this science to drive solutions. We led sailing expeditions across the 5 subtropical ocean “gyres” and in 2014 published the first global estimate on plastic in the world’s oceans. We published the discovery of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, which drove the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015.
In recent years we’ve watched the policy, public and private sector dialogue shift upstream as we better understand the point sources for plastic pollution. At the same time, there’s an unprecedented surge in innovation and entrepreneurship, and that comes with claims that need validation. This is where 5 Gyres contributes tremendous added value.
A significant grant of $250,000 would support our science department’s ability to validate and accelerate solutions by giving the public, policymakers and corporate leaders the confidence they need that the solutions we employ are the right choice.