Hughes had previously won the awards’ UK national prize back in September, then earning her a £2,000 prize to further develop the material. With this latest achievement, MarinaTex has earned its inventor £30,000, as well as £5,000 for the University of Sussex, Hughes’ alma mater.
Lucy attempts to solve the problem of both single-use plastics and inefficient waste streams by harnessing fish offcuts to create a unique plastic alternative, MarinaTex.
MarinaTex is a bioplastic made of organic fish waste ordinarily destined for landfill or incineration and locally sourced red algae. It is a translucent and flexible sheet material, making it ideal for applications in single-use packaging.
A video filmed in Newhaven, highlighting our marine biodiversity shares details about the production of MarinaTex and Lucy’s thoughts on the need for this incredible idea. Watch the full video below.