Fishing about for a top industry award
A biotechnology company based in Motherwell and Oban has won the Innovation Award at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.
Cuantec is a Scottish start-up that extracts the natural biopolymer chitin from inedible bits of scampi, and turns it into compostable, anti-microbial food packaging that makes food last longer, and provides an additional 48 hours of shelf life for fresh salmon.
They do this through a process that uses fermentation to extract the biopolymer at significantly lower temperature and energy consumption than the usual chemical process. The method doesn’t create toxic sludge, instead all the by-products can be used, making the process truly zero-waste.
Dr Cait Murray-green, CEO of Cuantec, said:“we are delighted and proud that Cuantec’s unique solution to food waste and plastic pollution has been chosen by the RSPB.
“Our environment is plagued by plastic that is damaging to bird and animal life and now the world has awakened to the need for solutions. Cuantec’s new approach will provide an alternative that is environmentally supportive and also reduces food waste.”