Unfortunately, a significant part of the fish catch is turned into waste during processing. UK designer Lucy Hughes created MarinaTex as a project when she graduated from Sussex University. She came up with material from fish waste, which decomposes in the natural environment for 4-6 weeks. It is made from red algae, fish scales and leather, which are discarded during the processing of products.
Unlike most plants, red algae does not require fresh water, fertilizers and land. In addition, they perfectly absorb hydrocarbon. MarinaTex claims that the algae they use have negative levels of carbon emissions. The first versions of MarinaTex material are intended to replace traditional plastics that are used in the production of cling film, packaging windows and bags.
Despite the fact that the material is made from seafood, it has no smell. Meanwhile, the startup is at an early stage of development, and the company has no finished products yet.