British developer of plastic alternatives among winners of the £1 million Earthshot prize

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A biodegradable membrane from Notpla is made from seaweed

A UK company that makes seaweed packaging has been named as one of the £1 million winners of Prince William’s Earthshot climate award.

The alternative to plastic has been developed by the London startup Notpla.

The company was founded by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier while they were students at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

The Earthshot Prize gives grants to companies that can scale innovative ideas for the environment.

The production of plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and plastic pollution can harm animals and the environment.

Hackney-based Notpla first developed an edible “bubble” called “Ooho” that could hold water, then a plastic alternative called “Notpla” made from seaweed.

The products include a coating for takeaway boxes, foil, paper made from seaweed pulp and a hard plastic alternative, also made from seaweed.

This year, the company has created more than a million takeout food boxes for takeout delivery platform JustEat.

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The company first developed an edible “bubble” called “Ooho”

Notpla was one of five companies announced as winners at the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston.

The Prince of Wales said the Earthshot winners “prove we can overcome our planet’s greatest challenges”.

“In addition to tonight’s winners and finalists, and those to be discovered in years to come, I hope Earthshot’s legacy continues to grow, enabling our communities and our planet to thrive.”

Notpla co-founder Mr. Paslier said: “When Rodrigo and I started Notpla eight years ago in our student kitchen, we never imagined we would be here today.

“Nobody wants to live in a world full of plastic waste, but it’s not too late to act. There’s never been a better time to use natural solutions to tackle the plastic challenge.”

Pierre Pasier

Notpla co-founder Pierre Paslier says no one wants to live in a world full of plastic waste

Plastic pollution has a global impact, with plastic found from the Arctic ice to the deepest part of the ocean.

Plastic can damage habitats and kill marine species such as whales.

It can break down into tiny pieces called microplastics and work its way up the food chain.

Earlier this month, researchers in Wales found that seabirds ate plastic and glitter after mistaking them for fish.

Chicks were fed plastic from adult birds, which could have come from fishing tackle or prey.

Recently, researchers found thousands of pieces of plastic waste washed up on a remote British island in the South Atlantic.

Litter found on the southwest coast of Ascension Island was traced to countries such as China, Japan and South Africa.

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