Notpla: UK plastic alternative developer among £1m Earthshot Prize winners

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A Notpla biodegradable membrane is made from seaweed

By Tom Espiner

Business reporter, BBC News

A UK steadfast that makes packaging from seaweed has been named arsenic 1 of the £1m winners of Prince William's Earthshot clime prize.

The alternate to integrative was developed by London startup Notpla.

The steadfast was founded by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier portion they were students astatine Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

The Earthshot Prize gives grants to firms that innovative ideas for the situation that tin beryllium scaled-up.

Manufacturing integrative adds to greenhouse gases, and integrative contamination tin harm animals and the environment.

Hackney-based Notpla archetypal developed an edible "bubble" called an "Ooho" that could clasp water, and past a integrative alternate called "Notpla" made from seaweed.

Its products see a coating for takeaway boxes, film, insubstantial made from seaweed pulp, and a rigid integrative alternative, besides made from seaweed.

This twelvemonth the steadfast has made much than a cardinal takeaway nutrient boxes for takeaway institution JustEat.

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The steadfast archetypal developed an edible "bubble" called an "Ooho"

Notpla was 1 of 5 companies to beryllium announced arsenic winners astatine the Earthshot Prize grant ceremonial successful Boston.

The Prince of Wales said the Earthshot winners "prove we tin flooded our planet's top challenges".

"Alongside tonight's winners and finalists, and those to beryllium discovered implicit the years to come, it's my anticipation the Earthshot bequest volition proceed to grow, helping our communities and our satellite to thrive."

Notpla co-founder Mr Paslier said: "When Rodrigo and I started Notpla 8 years agone successful our pupil kitchen, we would person ne'er imagined we would beryllium present today.

"No-one wants to unrecorded successful a satellite afloat of integrative discarded but it's not excessively precocious to act. There's ne'er been a greater clip to usage earthy solutions to lick the integrative challenge."

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Notpla co-founder Pierre Paslier says no-one wants to unrecorded successful a satellite afloat of integrative waste

Plastic contamination is having a planetary impact, with plastics recovered from the polar sea-ice to the deepest portion of the ocean.

Plastic tin harm habitats and beryllium fatal for marine taxon specified arsenic whales.

It tin interruption into tiny pieces called microplastics and enactment its mode up the nutrient chain.

Earlier this period researchers successful Wales recovered seabirds had been eating integrative and glitter aft mistaking them for fish.

Chicks were being fed integrative by big birds, which could person travel from sportfishing equipment, oregon from prey.

Recently researchers recovered thousands of pieces of integrative debris washed up connected a distant British land successful the South Atlantic.

Litter recovered connected the south-western seashore of Ascension Island was traced backmost to countries including China, Japan and South Africa.

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