Fueling the Future
New "designer" enzymes from biotechnology labs are being used to manufacture bioethanol, a non-polluting fuel made from plant material that can be used in place of gasoline. Using renewable resources such as corn or agricultural waste to produce a cleaner fuel is a win-win benefit for the environment.
Cleaner Air, Water, & Soil:
Plants and bacteria can be used to safely clean up oil spills and remove toxic chemicals and other pollutants from our air, water, and soil.
Researchers have genetically engineered cells so that they can use plant sugars instead of petroleum-based chemicals to create biodegradable plastics and polyesters. "Green plastics" made from corn are being used to manufacture packaging materials, clothing, and bedding.
Enabling Cleaner Manufacturing
Novozymes North America, Inc. uses environmentally friendly manufacturing processes to make environmentally friendly products. Novozymes harnesses the chemical productivity of microorganisms through fermentation to create over 600 enzyme products, many of these at its facility in Franklinton, North Carolina. These products are used in industry worldwide for everything from processing cotton to making stone-washed denim to brewing beer and treating wastewater.
Novozymes products used in treatment of cotton textiles result in a 25 percent to 30 percent reduction of the process's impact on the environment by lowering energy consumption and the release of acid wastes. In 2005, Novozymes received the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for their innovative use of biotechnology to make healthier fats and oils.
Novozymes has a facility in Franklinton.