Mestic Manure-derived bioplastic
A WORK ABOUT OVERRIDING OUR NATURAL AVERSION TO WASTE, MANURE MATTERS
In nature nothing is considered waste. Yet manure, in its essence, is easily considered the most vile substance we know. ‘Mestic’ shows that even this most disgusting matter is inherently beautiful.
Mestic® generates new sustainable raw materials (bioplastics) that can be used by the manufacturing industry, thereby spurring the settlement of new industry and the development of new innovative technologies in the future.
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.
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.
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.