A plastic various made from fish, invented to exchange the kind you may discover on a sandwich packet, has gained the 2019 worldwide James Dyson award.
Lucy Hughes, 24, gained the UK class earlier this 12 months.
The fabric, known as MarinaTex, is comprised of fish off-cuts and beat 1,078 entries from around the globe, successful Lucy £30,000 in prize cash.
“For me, sustainability has by no means been an afterthought,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Lucy’s mum says she’s at all times had a “three dimensional mind,” and after faculty she would do her homework earlier than anything.
She studied Product Design on the College of Sussex, and the award-winning materials was her ultimate mission earlier than graduating.
Lucy says environmental impression is an integral a part of something she designs.
“Historically, we design in fairly a linear method. You’re taking materials, make one thing with it, after which discard of it.”
The worldwide James Dyson Award is a scholar competitors run by the James Dyson Basis.
It says entries ought to “design one thing that solves an issue”.
Sir James Dyson, the founder, says Lucy’s invention “elegantly solves” the issues of single-use plastic and fish waste.
She stated: “It is fairly insane that I gained, particularly with the opposite entries which have been actually revolutionary and resolved urgent points.”
The James Dyson Basis says 2019 noticed the very best variety of feminine entrants, throughout all 27 nations that took half, because it began in 2007.
Lucy spoke to the BBC when she gained the UK award in September.
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Media captionMarinaTex decomposes in 4 to 6 weeks.
The fabric, in contrast to most different bioplastics, will biodegrade in common temperatures. This implies individuals may get rid of it in compost bins at house.
In line with a United Nations report, 27% of fish which might be caught and delivered to land by no means get used.
MarinaTex takes this waste and combines it with purple algae – amongst different issues – to make the plastic various.
Lucy says she hopes the fabric can be utilized for issues like bakery baggage, “which may typically be used for a complete of 15 seconds”, in addition to sandwich packaging and small provider baggage.
After engaged on creating the fabric for a 12 months – and successful the award – Lucy says she’s “nonetheless solely within the early days” of what she needs to do with it.
“The following stage is growth, to see how I would be capable of mass manufacture it.”
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