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    The company Genecis Bioindustries said if its products make its way into the ocean, it will degrade within a year. Genecis uses bacteria to convert food waste on its way to a landfill to create biodegradable plastics. CEO Luna Yu explained the company makes polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and it works similar to most plastics.

    The biodegradable plastics can be used to make products like cutlery, cups, and textiles. Yu said “we basically were looking at how much food waste was going to landfills and we thought why don;t we repurpose that food waste into something that’s a lot more valuable and better for the planet,”

    The company was launched four years ago and has grown to a 10,000-square-foot facility in Scarborough, an eastern Toronto suburb. The City of Toronto said it encourages innovation that will reduce that amount of waste going into landfills.

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