Commonly asked questions...

‍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.
Will people with shellfish allergies be able to use the product?
People with shellfish allergies are allergic to the proteins found in the shells. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our materials so we're working hard to get rid of these proteins and have managed about 98.5% of them to date. While we dont think sufferers will have a reaction, we have clear warnings on our products to ensure people with allergies won’t be affected until we can get to 100%.
Are you killing shellfish to make your products?
Is there enough volume of waste shellfish to challenge plastic?
Our entire model is built on using only waste shellfish! If we scale up our operations where we have utilised all the waste shellfish 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 just 4-6 weeks. Don’t have a garden patch? We are working hard on the material formulation so that you can throw it away in any bin. Stay tuned!
Where can I buy your products?
Get in touch with us at info@theshellworks.com
How can I license a machine?
Get in touch with us at info@theshellworks.com

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