Last week, the telecom giant Sprint announced that it would start using AirCarbon, the carbon-negative PHA material made by Newlight Technologies from greenhouse gas instead of petroleum, to produce the company's newest black and pink cell phone cases for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. This week, it's Dell, who today announced that the company plans to launch AirCarbon-based packaging this fall, beginning with the packaging sleeves around new Dell Latitude series notebooks. AirCarbon, it would appear, is on a roll.
For over 10 long years, Newlight Technologies concentrated on developing and perfecting its technology for producing plastics from air. In January of this year, the company announced that it had successfully achieved a breakthrough milestone in scaling up the company's AirCarbon production technology to commercial scale at a multi-acre production site in California. Newlight uses a proprietary carbon capture process to convert air and greenhouse gases (GHGs) into a PHA bioplastic that features durability and performance characteristics rivaling those of petroleum-based plastics.
The conversion technology can synthesize high-performance thermoplastics from a wide range of sources, including methane and/or carbon dioxide from agricultural operations, water treatment plants, landfills, anaerobic digesters, or energy facilities. The process sequesters more carbon than it produces, pulling carbon from the air and generating a net positive impact on the environment. AirCarbon has been independently verified by Trucost in cooperation with NSF Sustainability as a carbon-negative material on a cradle-to-grave basis.