A prize will be awarded for the most innovative solution in material, technology and green chemistry capable of preventing the flow of plastic pollution into the marine environment. We will consider a range of solutions, from early stage innovations to near-market solutions that have the potential to be manufactured to scale.

Examples of material innovation include bio-benign materials from sustainable sources that do not compete with the human food chain, such as agricultural waste, pulp and others; new materials using naturally existing biopolymers incorporating mechanisms for bio-degradation; green and sustainable chemicals that can replace current plastisizers, flexibilizers and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

2. Waste reduction, avoidance and recycling

A prize will be awarded for the most innovative and creative engineering solution, product design or social enterprise that will result in the reduction and or prevention of plastic pollution. Examples of product design include improved washing machine filters to reduce the influx of microplastics from textiles; packaging design to minimize unnecessary single-use plastic waste; industrial design that minimizes plastic concentration in products; and innovations in recovery and sampling techniques/tools that allow for sampling of microplastics smaller than 300 micrometers. Logistics may be part of this challenge (consumer goods). 

3. Innovative product delivery systems

A prize will be awarded for the most creative and innovative solution for delivering consumer products without single-use packaging. Examples may include product delivery as a service, including but not limited to refillable packaging, reusable packaging, for consumer dry goods and liquid products.