CuanTec - United Kingdom
Best Blue Biotechnology Company 2018
With operations starting in January 2017, CuanTec tackles food waste and plastic pollution through the innovative use of chitin.
Chitin is an edible biopolymer found in the parts of shellfish that are usually discarded, which is converted into a durable, antimicrobial and compostable food packaging for seafood. By processing the chitan into chitosan and mixing it with other biopolymers, CuanTec create a flexible wrapping film resembling cling-film.
CuanTec's plastic film is fully compostable, composting within weeks. It is also antimicrobial, increasing food shelf-life by 40%.