Egg-cellent: egg shell recycling project wins award

Posted by uatemp13 at Nov 16, 2012 06:40 PM |
Collaboration between University researchers and Leicester food business wins innovation award
Egg-cellent: egg shell recycling project wins award

Award winners: From left to right - Dr Will Wise from our Department of Chemistry, Pankaj Pancholi from Just Egg Ltd, Anjuu Trevedi from our Enterprise and Business Development office and Professor Andrew Abbott, Head of our Department of Chemistry.

Our chemists’ collaboration with Leicester food industry experts to turn egg shells into plastic has received an innovation award.

Professor Andrew Abbott, Head of our Department of Chemistry, has led a research team working with Hamilton-based egg business Just Egg to find a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way of disposing of the firm’s egg shell waste.

The project received the Food and Drink Forum Most Innovative Collaboration Award at the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.

Just Egg is now well on its way to using the egg shells in the reformulation of plastic to make recycled packaging to protect their egg-based products.

In time, the aim is to be able to turn the egg shells into plastics that could be used to manufacture other products – such as construction materials – and they also hope to extract material from egg shells that may prove valuable in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates innovation support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

Read our previous press release on the project.