Scott Bush: Plastech Innovation
The construction industry accounts for 60% of the UK’s materials use and creates 33% of its waste*. Plastech Innovationhave developed a unique technology which repurposes plastic waste into aggregate for use in construction materials. This provides a scalable solution which has the potential to revolutionise one of the world’s most environmentally impactful industries and recycle 100,000s tonnes of plastic waste globally.
Started by three Durham University PhD students working in the field of materials chemistry, Plastech have developed a novel process for the replacement of less eco-friendly products used extensively across the industry, including sand used to make concrete. Materials made with Plastech’s plastic aggregate is more lightweight than concrete made with traditional materials, reducing transportation costs.
It is predicted there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. Plastech’s business model creates a much needed new disposal route for undesirable plastic. The company also offers plastic producers an alternative disposal solution that is both more responsible and cost-effective than traditional methods such as landfill or incineration.
The product also reduces the resource demand of the construction sector, which accounts for almost 47% of the UKs CO2 emissions.
PNE support the business through its Sustainable Start-up Award, a unique discretionary fund providing grants of up to £1,000 and a package of support to businesses making a positive social or environmental impact.