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Biodegradable plastic made from fish offcuts

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"Lucy Hughes looked at the bloody waste from a fish processing plant and saw opportunity.

"Then a student in product design at the University of Sussex, Hughes was interested in making use of things people normally throw away. So she arranged to visit a fish processing plant near her university, on England’s southern coast.

"She came away a bit smelly—“I had to wash even my shoes,” she says—but inspired. After tinkering with various fish parts, she developed a plastic-like material made from scales and skin. Not only is it made from waste, it’s also biodegradable.

"The material, MarinaTex, won Hughes this year’s James Dyson Award."

Full story at The Smithsonian Mag: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bioplastic-made-from-fish-scales-just-won-james-dyson-award-180973550/#aKs1TZ8hoWIi1QLm.99

At Dyson Award: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/2019/project/marinatex/

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