Fish­ing about for a top in­dus­try award

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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.”

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