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New Zealand’s Humble Bee Bio is using bees to create bioplastics

Rebecca Bellan reports in TechCrunch on New Zealand-based Humble Bee Bio.

The C3 Take
  • Humble Bee Bio is replicating the biology of bees to create a sustainable bioplastic.
  • The startup, which is still in its early stage of development, has extracted the genetic code of bees and identified the genes that are responsible for creating nesting material. Now the company will recreate this in a lab.
  • If successful, Humble Bee will create a material that could reduce single-use plastic pollution.

“Humble Bee, which just raised $3.2 million (NZD $5 million) in convertible notes as part of its Series A, has been studying the Australian masked bee, a type of solitary bee that doesn’t make honey, but does make a nesting material for laying larvae in, which has many plastic-like properties.”

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