The product was developed by British student Lucy Hughes during her studies. She began the project to tackle fishing waste and ended up binding algae and crustaceans using very little energy to develop the home compostable alternative to plastic film, MarinaTex.
Designed as an alternative to single-use plastic, MarinaTex is fully made from organic materials and suitable for various types of single-use packaging while being edible. The organic formula does not leach harmful chemicals and can be consumed, causing no harm to wildlife or humans.
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MarinaTex is toxin-free to the environment and stronger than LDPE at the same thickness, which is commonly used in standard plastic bags. Each year, 50 million tonnes of leftover fish go to the trash, while the remains of a single Atlantic cod would produce 1400 MarinaTex bags.
Thanks to her innovation, Lucy Hughes has won the 2019 International James Dyson Award and has received £30,000 GBP to continue product development.