Fish Waste to Create a Unique Alternative to PlasticNews Type: Regional, Federal Source: The Water Network
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The 24-year-old student from Twickenham who attends the University of Sussex is the winner of the 15th annual international James Dyson Award. Her invention—a unique plastic alternative called MarinaTex—solves two problems: the ubiquity of single-use plastic (which is often inappropriately used) and massive fish waste from the fish processing industry.
Hughes studied product design and developed MarinaTex as her final-year project. Through extensive research, she found that fish skins and scales were the most promising materials to form the basis of a bioplastic, because they contain strong and flexible protein structures.