Biodegradable from the fishery in the lab
CuanTec, the blue biotechnology company is creating a circular economy where waste from the processing of the fisheries industry is put to good use.
As of their logo correctly spoken, CuanTec is opening up the potential of the sea.
CuanTec has already succeeded to extract value from waste, offer a solution with the replacement of critical raw materials like all types of plastic, present biodegradability, natural raw materials replacing synthetics, with impact to reducing the environmental damage of plastics.
CuanTec is opening up the potential of the sea
Every year, 8.8 million tones of plastic end up in the sea; a third of it has been used only once. A garbage patch of 3.5m sq.km made of plastic is floating in the Pacific. An uninhabited island has been found covered in plastic brought by the ocean. Those are examples of what our plastic consumption does to the planet. This is why we began our journey to the new generation of bio-plastic food packaging.
Almost a third of the food created in western nations is wasted. 10% of that loss occurs between farm and supermarket shelf.
Each year, in the UK alone, 7,000,000 tonnes of food from homes and 240,000 tones from supermarkets end up in a landfill. That loss creates a stink, it costs money, and it is avoidable.
Those problems are above national disgrace, they are worldwide, and they must be tackled
Cuantec is extracting biologically a naturally occurring biopolymer, chitin from fish processing waste, a substance found in langoustine shells, then, de-acetylate it to obtain chitosan.
This is then mixed with other biopolymers and natural substances to create a flexible anti-microbial and compostable bioplastic film, to be used as food packaging, reducing plastic pollution ending up in landfill and in nature furthermore its anti-microbial characteristic will extend the shelf life of fresh food.
The Key members
Dr. Cait Murray-Green, been involved with CuanTec since its inception. Highly skilled in the commercialization of science and technology is a research scientist who has moved through product development, sales, and business development roles.
Dr. Ryan Taylor, a physical chemist with experience in fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Tracy White, a microbiologist with several years’ experience within the biotechnology sector. Sarah Connelly, Process Scientist involving in development of the process.
The Online Shop is already available for companies which will need the materials of packaging, the high-quality Chitin and Chitosan from Langoustine, actually in demand for over 3000 industrial uses around the world.
To be continued. View more: https://www.cuantec.com/science
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