Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

  • Barry Griffett, right, operates a machine at the Danimer Scientific plant on Aug. 3 in Winchester, Ky. Companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions. Danimer Scientific is one of the companies making a big bet on bioplastic with its expansion of a plant. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

  • PHA pellets are made at the Danimer Scientific plant on Aug. 3 in Winchester, Ky. Companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions. Danimer Scientific is one of the companies making a big bet on bioplastic with its expansion of a plant. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

  • Employees operate computers at the Danimer Scientific plant on Aug. 3 in Winchester, Ky. Companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions. Danimer Scientific is one of the companies making a big bet on bioplastic with its expansion of a plant. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

  • Kevin Welsh holds up PHA pellets at the Danimer Scientific plant on Aug. 3 in Winchester, Ky.

  • The Danimer Scientific plant sits on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Winchester, Ky. Companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions. Danimer Scientific is one of the companies making a big bet on bioplastic with its expansion of a plant. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

CLEVELAND — In a world increasingly troubled by the persistent harm that plastic — manufactured in petrochemical plants — has had on the environment, companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely composted or can biodegrade under the right conditions.