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Notpla wins Prince William’s Earthshot Prize

Thursday December 8, 2022

Notpla wins Prince William’s Earthshot Prize unveiled at impactful awards ceremony in Boston.

For the second time ever, and the first on international soil, The Earthshot Prize announced five £1 million Prize Winners at a globally broadcast ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. Launched by Prince William in 2020 and inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s iconic “Moonshot” challenge, The Earthshot Prize is the world’s most prestigious environmental prize and aims to discover and scale innovative solutions to help repair and regenerate the planet.

In the Build a Waste-free World category: Notpla, United Kingdom, were announced winners for their circular solution creating an alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed.

London-based startup Notpla, founded by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, believes that the future of packaging is not plastic, but seaweed. Notpla is a natural and bio-degradable plastic alternative made from seaweed and plants and can be used to create a range of packaging products, such as a bubble to hold liquids, a coating for food containers, and a paper for the cosmetic and fashion industry.

Bunzl Catering Supplies has worked with Notpla for several years, launching Notpla coated Kraft food boxes into the catering and hospitality industry in 2021. The FSC certified kraft food boxes are lined with Notpla Coating, a special lining made from seaweed and plants that replaces the usual plastic coating on foodservice products. Unlike PLA and other bioplastics, Notpla Coating does not require specific recycling pathways or specialised industrial composting equipment to degrade. It takes less than six weeks for it to completely decompose in a home composting environment.

This year, Notpla has made over 1 million takeaway food boxes for JustEatTakeaway.com, and the company has the potential to replace over 100 million plastic coated containers in Europe in the future. The company is continuing to research and develop new formats and solutions, with flexible films and rigid materials in the pipeline.

Notpla Co-Founder Pierre Paslier said: “I want to start by thanking the amazing Notpla team who’ve been working so hard to make our innovation come to life and everyone else who’s supported us along this journey. I’d also like to thank The Earthshot Prize for creating such a great platform and believing in our solution. When Rodrigo and I started Notpla 8 years ago in our student kitchen, we would have never imagined we would be here today. No one wants to live in a world full of plastic waste but it’s not too late to act. There’s never been a greater time to use natural solutions to solve the plastic challenge.”

The five Earthshot Prize Winners are entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world who have developed game-changing solutions to Protect and Restore Nature, Revive our Oceans, Clean our Air, Build a Waste-free World, and Fix our Climate. At the awards ceremony, Prince William called for broad support to speed and scale these solutions to enable greater global impact of their transformative work.

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