A British woman won a major award recently for producing a “plastic” substitute made from recycled fish waste — a product she hopes will help slow the use of non-renewable plastics that often end up polluting the world’s oceans.
Lucy Hughes, 23, said she developed the idea after holding fish waste in her hands. Noticing that fish skin and scales had properties similar to plastic, she determined to figure out how to turn the waste into functional plastic.
The end result, which won her a James Dyson Award this year, is a “compostable compound” that resembles and works like plastic, but is also biodegradable and even edible.
The product also features material from crustaceans and algae. Hughes calls the material “MarinaTex.”