Norbite - upcycling plastic waste into healthy feed and food solutions
Norbite is on a mission to transform unrecyclable plastic waste into sustainable goods by using an insect-based biorefinery. Norbite has developed a proprietary vertical farming technology which enables the insects to perform at industrial scale.
Established in 2020 by scientist Nathalie Berezina in Stockholm, Sweden, Norbite’s focus has been on improving the rearing of Galleria mellonella larvae and related process solutions on a laboratory scale with promising results. Galleria mellonella possess the extraordinary capacity to digest plastic through their natural metabolism. Going forward, the research focus will be on ensuring that the output (protein and lipids) is free of any harmful substances, given that the larvae digest mixed and dirty plastic waste.
EQT Foundation’s grant
Supporting Norbite means supporting a breakthrough scientific project aiming to yield a regenerative solution to both plastic waste reduction and recycling. Today approximately 90 percent of the total global plastic waste, 400 million tonnes per year, is not being recycled. Global plastic waste is expected to triple by 2060 and poses a huge end-of-life environmental problem and a climate and biodiversity challenge as plastic waste is incinerated, landfilled or left in nature. Norbite’s regenerative and innovative solution to upcycling more than 90 percent of commonly used plastic, saves about 67 percent of CO2 emissions compared to incineration. Current commercial plastics recycling solutions, mechanical and chemical, are unsuitable for mixed and dirty plastic waste as the end-product yields far lower quality, limiting the application of these solutions.