Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets and technology inspired by a suckerfish to remove plastics from rivers are among the 11 innovative projects to win the support of a £4m Government fund to clean up the environment.
To show the research being led by UK scientists and innovators during Green GB & NI Week, the Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced the winners of a competition to develop new products or process to end plastic waste.
Among the winners is Skipping Rocks Lab, whose facility is working on a scheme which could replace single-use condiment sachets on takeaway counters that currently use plastic packaging with seaweed.
The material, which has successfully been used as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, biodegrades as fast as piece of fruit and is cheaper than plastic, said the Government.
Other successful companies to win Government funding include:
- Ichthion – Filters out plastic that is blocking up the UK’s waterways with a boat-mounted vacuum which mimics the way remora fish feed
- Axion – Recycles plastics like car bumpers and motorcycle helmets currently sent to landfill, and turns them into plastic pellets for moulding into new products such as bins or cables
- Polymateria -Makes biodegradable plastic which lets you put packaging straight into the compost with food waste.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Companies are capitalising on the UK’s world leading research base to develop products that tackle the global scourge of plastic waste while grasping the business opportunities found in the green economy. When you combine Britain’s leadership, innovation and determination it is an unbeatable combination – exactly what our Industrial Strategy and Green GB Week are supporting and encouraging.”
The competition is supported by the £20m Plastics Research and Innovation Fund, which aims to build on the UK’s global leadership in tackling plastic waste, ensuring the UK reaps the economic benefits from the transition to a low carbon economy while leaving the environment in a better state.