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Bioplastic From Fish Scale And Skin Composts Fast

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Did you know we do not have to use single-use plastic for our bread or fruit? Lucy Hughes is a graduate from the University of Sussex and made a MarinaTex out of fish waste to create a compostable alternative. She won the UK James Dyson Award this year for her design.

MarinaTex From Fish Scale And Skin 

Lucy used for her MarinaTex design fish skin and scales and waste products, which were usually buried or burned in a dump. The material is translucent and flexible, so the ideal candidate for disposable packagings, such as sandwich packs and bags. But, more importantly, it will be decomposed within four to six weeks in home composts or food waste bins.

Recommended: Microplastics Can Be Moved From The Ocean: Is It Harming Us?

Lucy created the MarinaTex as her final-year project, and she thought it would be useful to have an environmental benefit as well. She wanted to challenge herself to use other materials, and so it all started with a waste dream. "For me, a good design is something that bridges the gap between behaviors, business, and our planet."



                                             Bioplastic From Fish Scale And Skin Composts Quickly: UK
                                      Fish scale bioplastic wins UK James Dyson Award for student design.

Unlike some of the current biodegradable plastics, Hughes' biomaterial would not need separate waste collection infrastructure for its disposal. Another advantage of the product is that it is energy efficient to produce, and because it is based on waste, it does not burden the earth's natural resources.

Lucy Hughes harbor, fishing boats, MarinaTex

According to the UK Sea Fish Industry Authority, the UK produces almost 500,000 tonnes of waste every year by fish processing. Lucy says that the waste from only one Atlantic cod is capable of producing 1,400 MarinaTex bags.

 

What does bioplastic mean?
Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, sawdust, recycled food waste, etc. Bioplastic can be made from agricultural by-products and also from used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms.

 

Hughes had to do more than 100 experiments to came up with this final design of refined bioplastic mixture. It all happened on the kitchen stove in her student dorm. MarinaTex is strong, with high tensile strength. It is sustainable and is not at the expense of quality. Are you convinced as well?

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