Fish Waste to Create a Unique Alternative to Plastic

Fish Waste to Create a Unique Alternative to Plastic

News 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. ​