Frequently Asked Questions
Before reaching out to us please check the list here of most frequently asked questions.
Mango Materials invented a proprietary platform that delivers optimally-formulated biodegradable PHA pellets that incorporate into any supply chain.
We love the mango fruit as much as we love the environment. A founder favorite, we chose Mango for our company name to remind everyone that nature is fun, vibrant, and an inspiration to our lives.
Mango Materials currently produces P3HB, which is one member of the PHA family. We take the P3HB and formulate with other additives that allow for enhanced properties and complete biodegradation.
P3HB stands for poly-3-hydroxybutyrate, which is a biopolyester that has properties similar to polypropylene. PHB can be made into a variety of products, including fibers for apparel, various rigid and flexible packaging, electronic casings, and children’s toys, just to name a few.
Mango Materials delivers optimally-formulated pellets to the supply chain.
Mangoes are not used directly in the Mango Materials’ process.
Mango Materials’ biopolymer is either derived from plants (YOPP) or methane gas (YOPP+).
Methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas (after carbon dioxide). It is around 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping radiation and contributing to climate change. Methane is the key component of natural gas and is emitted as a waste gas at wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and agricultural facilities, as well as from natural sources like wetlands, volcanoes, and wildfires.
No. Mango Materials co-locates with the waste methane producer to produce YOPP+. The YOPP+ process can use all or a portion of the methane at a specific location, allowing for multiple uses for this potential waste.
The rate of biodegradation depends on the environment and thickness of the material. Products made from either YOPP or YOPP+ can break down in aerobic and anaerobic conditions as well as home/backyard and industrial compost. It is expected to pass all relevant ASTM and other bio-related certification tests.
No. PHA is a stable polymer while in production and use, meaning it will not start biodegrading after wearing or washing. The process of biodegrading requires microbes, which will concentrate and attack the t-shirt once it is disposed of in a landfill or any other environment. Since we don’t have enough of a concentration of microbes on our bodies or in everyday life to trigger this type of attack, the polymer will not biodegrade until it needs to.