You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, the same applies to your shoes, your carpet, and your clothing. The carbon footprint of any product is the result of its starting materials, plus what’s been done to it. Verdezyne’s feedstocks, or starting materials, come from plants that remove carbon from our atmosphere. Our approach to feedstocks is to target by-products of vegetable oil production, not the food-oil itself. Not only do we reduce our carbon footprint, but our feedstocks don’t impact your feedstocks.
Verdezyne’s proprietary technology has enabled us to develop a fermentation process that uses a variety of feedstocks and target desired chemicals with exceptionally high selectivity. Feedstock flexibility allows us to use materials that are not only renewable but do not compete with food or fuel applications, which is the case with sugar and vegetable oils. Consequently, Verdezyne’s preferred feedstocks cost less and are not subject to price volatility and uncertainty of supply as other feedstocks. We are currently the only company developing this flexible approach for the production of dodecanedioic acid, sebacic acid and adipic acid.
In parallel, we are continuing to make metabolic pathway improvements to utilize renewable feedstocks such as plant sourced oils. Regardless of the feedstock, our fermentation process will be cost advantaged and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to the traditional petrochemical production process.