Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science vists Mona

Julie James AM, Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science (pictured above with Deputy Director of BEACON, Dr Rob Elias, second right) visited the Mona facility on Anglesey recently to learn more about the innovative work being undertaken into sustainable packaging by BEACON staff at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University.

Through the STARS project, the BEACON team were instrumental in the development of the grass-based packaging now used by Waitrose, the benefit of which is that the material fibre can be easily composted, providing a green alternative to plastic packaging, thus reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and the environmental impact on the planet.

Dr Quiyun Liu also had the opportunity to present her project on sustainable packaging, developing innovative biodegradable coffee lids for Costa coffee, which will replace the plastic lids currently in use.