A University of Sussex student has taken inspiration from the seas to find a solution to the man-made plastic pollution contaminating the world’s oceans. A Replacement for Plastic Film for Packaging The fully biodegradable and compostable material, called Marinatex, has been designed as an environmentally-responsible replacement for plastic film currently used in a whole host of packaging including sandwich boxes. It can biodegrade in a soil environment in less than a month and can be disposed of through ordinary food waste collections. Fish Skins and Algae Could Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Crisis Lucy, a fourth year product design undergraduate student at the University of Sussex, said: "It makes no sense to me that we are using plastic, an incredibly durable material, for products that have a lifecycle of less than a day. And I’m not alone, there is a growing community of bioplastic pioneers that are working towards finding alternatives to our dependency on plastic. “With Marinatex, we are transforming a waste stream into the main component of a new product. By doing so, we have created a consistent, transparent and ‘plastic-like’ material with a more planet friendly and product appropriate lifecycle for packaging." The 23-year-old student from […]

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