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ABOUT Mestic®

Bioplastic derived from manure

Late 2015, we were approached by the agricultural sector of Noord-Brabant to find a solution for the surplus cow manure that is being produced. We developed a method and technology to solve this problem by transforming cow manure directly into bioplastics (Mestic®). A circular solution that will not only solve the present cow manure problem, but will also provide a sustainable source of biomaterials to the manufacturing industry.
The necessity

Environmental impact of manure

Manure contains phosphate and nitrogen which are beneficial for the agriculture if they are used in the proper ratio. Unfortunately, the sector produces a surplus of manure and this results in too much phosphate and nitrogen. Too much of those is harmful to the soil, water and air.
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This sector needs to adhere to the strict (inter)national policies and regulations regarding to nitrate and phosphate. This causes friction between the agricultural sector and the government; the government has to apply the regulations mandated by (inter)national policies, whilst the industry loses their investments and room to grow.
The scope of this problem becomes clear in January 2016. A recent press report from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows that the Dutch livestock industry has exceeded the phosphate ceiling 2015 with 4.6 million kg. A total of 172,9 million kg of phosphate has been produced from livestock manure, where 99,7 million kg originates from cow manure.1
On 3 March 2016 there was another press release from the Dutch Secretary of State van Dam. He stated that the phosphate production from dairy livestock needs to be reduced by 4% to 8% in order to meet the (inter)national policies.2
The long-term consequences are a reduction in cows and a weakened economic position of the Dutch dairy industry. The Dutch government tries to elevate this issue with phosphate laws, but that does not solve the core of the problem.
1. ‘CBS: Fosfaatplafond overschreden door toename mestproductie’, CBS Persbericht, maandag 11 januari 2016, http://www.cbs.nl (zoek op fosfaatplafond).
2. Kamerstukken II 2015/16, 33037, 108 (Kamerbrief).
The Artist

Jalila Essaïdi

Jalila Essaïdi is a Dutch artist and entrepreneur based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Essaïdi is specialized in the fields of modern biotechnology and biological arts (bio-art).
She is known for her work ‘2.6g 329m/s’, also known as ‘Bulletproof Skin’1, a project that achieved bioengineered bulletproof human skin reinforced with synthetic spider silk.2 In the IA Special by the Ministry of Economic Affairs about the bio based economy Essaïdi’s project was coined as a prime example of international cooperation.3
Essaidi is director of Inspidere B.V.4, a biotech company based in Brainport region Eindhoven.5
In 2011 Essaïdi founded the BioArt Laboratories Foundation6, a foundation that offers citizens access to a creative hybrid laboratory and the tools and knowledge of the life sciences.
Her work ‘2.6g 329m/s’, also known as ‘Bulletproof Skin’, combines in vitro human skin with spider silk from genetically modified organisms to create a material that stops a slow-speed bullet, yet is pierced by one fired at normal speed, illustrating the struggle between our desire for safety and its dual nature.7’8
1. Essaidi’s website: http://jalilaessaidi.com/2-6g-329ms/
2. Ramaer, J (Aug 2011). “new connective tissue: bullet-resistant human skin as art”. https://longform.org/archive/publications/de-groene-amsterdammer
3. www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2013/10/04/ia-special-bio-based-economy-in-nederland
4. Inspidere’s website: http://inspidere.com/

5. Broers, D (July 2013). “Eindhoven Spidercity”. FRITS Magazine (in Dutch). goo.gl/jdl7Iu
6. BioArt Laboratories Foundation website: http://bioartlab.com/about/
7. CNN (Sept 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6S4fMOxuyE
8. Reuters (Sept 2011) goo.gl/h8s7JF