Could Fish Scales Be the Answer to Single-Use Plastic?
We’re almost there! With just three more days in the Plastic Free Challenge, it’s not too late to go ahead and sign up if you haven’t already. Even if it’s for a little as 24 hours, I think you’ll be surprised how eye-opening it can be to try to avoid plastic. The best part is, the collective changes we are making together will help us all live more sustainably and add up to a big difference for our planet. I’m so proud of everyone who is beside me on this journey!
I plan to tell you about my own personal plastic-free successes (and challenges) a bit later, but as a fitting wrap-up to our outstanding efforts this month, I wanted to share about a promising new biodegradable bioplastic invented by award-winning London designer Lucy Hughes. It’s called MarinaTex and it looks similar to typical oil-based plastic wraps, but it’s stronger, safer and much more sustainable.
She Uses What?
Created from fish scales and fins plus the cell walls of red algae, MarinaTex is Ms. Hughes’ promising solution to the problem of single-use plastic made from virgin resources. According to her company’s website, the transparent film is “well-suited for packaging and will biodegrade in a soil environment. The organic formula does not leach harmful chemicals and can be consumed, causing no harm to wildlife or humans.”
Despite taking the 23-year-old inventor more than a hundred tries to finally land on the right formula in her student apartment, she persevered. Here’s what she told The Guardian, “Plastic is an amazing material, and as a result we have become too reliant on it as designers and engineers. It makes no sense to me that we’re using plastic, an incredibly durable material, for products that have a life cycle of less than a day.” I couldn’t agree more.
Check out this video to learn more about Ms. Hughes and the potential for MarinaTex.
With almost half a million tonnes of fish waste produced annually in the UK alone, MarinaTex could efficiently help solve both the problem of too much fish waste in landfills as well as the over-consumption of single-use, virgin-sourced plastic.
- Norwex Movement: Why You Should Take the Plastic Free Challenge
- Plastic Free Challenge Website
- Global Citizen: Bioplastic Made From Fish Scales
- YouTube: MarinaTex – a bioplastic made from fish waste
- The Guardian: Scaling back: graduate invents plastic alternative from fish waste
- MarinaTex Website
- The James Dyson Award: MarinaTex
- YouTube: UK designer invents plastic made with fish | Money Talks