Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Made From Fish Waste


In order to eliminate single-use plastics from our lives, scientists and students from many countries are developing alternative materials. One of these products is produced from fish waste and international James Dyson award winner biodegradable plastic.

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Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, used fish waste to create an eco-friendly plastic alternative, with the idea of ​​offering an alternative solution to environmentally damaging single-use plastics. MarinaTex named after bioplastic produced the material.

MarinaTex, a material that is biodegradable and can take the form of fertilizer. Many biodegradable It can be considered as domestic waste in that it biodegrades in the soil environment in four to six weeks compared to the long degradation lives of the material.


It is stated that the product is also a versatile material that can be an alternative to plastic with its strong, translucent and flexible nature. The product, which can be used in single-use packaging from sachets to sandwich packages, contains only organic content that does not contain harmful chemicals. This eco-friendly product It does not harm wildlife or humans.

Your product Its main components are fish scales and skin.. The feature that makes the product different from other bioplastics is that it is produced from waste materials. Aiming to recycle waste rather than virgin materials, Lucy Hughes set out to create a product to bring her idea to life, which led her to the UK's fishing industry.


After deciding to work with fish skin and scales, he started looking for a binder to hold the material together. Wanting to keep everything local, Hughes has tried more than 100 combinations by turning his kitchen into a laboratory environment with organic ingredients such as shellfish shells and seaweed. However, there is a global community where scientists freely share ideas and formulas for greater benefit. bioplastic He succeeded in obtaining an efficient product by using red algae as a binder at the end of his long efforts and trials by getting ideas and motivation from his community.

In an interview with Hughes; “I learned everything by trial and error on the way I started, but my failures never discouraged me, I think this is the biggest factor in my success,” he says.

Consisting of organic wastes, MarinaTex focuses on the efficient use of resources and aims at cyclical production and consumption.  One Atlantic cod produces enough waste for 1.400 MarinaTex bags.

With an estimated 500.000 tons of waste generated by fishermen in the country each year, it seems possible for Marinatex to switch to industrial production.

Hughes hopes to receive government grants to further develop MarinaTex. It is stated that the long-term goal is to market the product and provide training on more sustainable options on the basis of consumers and manufacturers.

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