Is there enough volume of waste shellfish to challenge plastic?
The biopolymer we extract from waste crustacean shells is called Chitin. Chitin is actually the 2nd most abundant biopolymer in the world, after cellulose. There is actually 6-8 million tonnes of crustacean waste produced each year and in addition, chitin is found in insect shells and the walls of fungi. These are both alternate sources we are looking into as we scale our operations.
Are you killing shellfish to make your products?
Our entire model is built on using only waste! If we scale up our operations where we have utilised all the waste we will start looking at alternate sources of Chitin such as the walls of fungi.
How do I throw away a product from The Shellworks?
All Shellworks products are home compostable. Plant them in your garden or add it to your food waste and they will degrade in 8-12 months. Don’t have a garden patch? Throw it away in any bin.
Where can I buy your products?
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org