Aquapak appoints plastic pollution specialist to advisory board

Professor Steve Fletcher

AQUAPAK Polymers has appointed Steve Fletcher, professor of ocean policy and economy at the University of Portsmouth, to its advisory board.

Professor Fletcher is also director of Revolution Plastics, the pan-university research initiative to help end plastic pollution, and director of the Global Plastics Policy Centre.

The advisory board provides advice and input to support Aquapak’s management team as it embarks on an phase of growth and innovation. This includes identifying applications for its Hydropol polymer technology.

Developed and manufactured in the UK, Hydropol is described as ‘soluble, non-toxic and marine safe’. Products made with Hydropol are said to be safe for existing recycling processes and are fully biodegradable.

Mark Lapping, CEO of Aquapak, said, “We are very pleased that professor Fletcher has joined our advisory board. His expertise in the impact of plastic pollution and the marine and freshwater environments is crucial as we bring Hydropol – which is non-toxic, marine-safe, and doesn’t form microplastics – to market.”

Professor Fletcher added, “There is an urgent need to find solutions to the world plastics crisis. A global shift in our relationship with plastic is needed, that places an emphasis on reducing plastic pollution for the benefit of people and the planet, and which draws from industry, academia, policy makers and community working together. I look forward to working with the management team and advisory board members to help accelerate the development of the product portfolio and applications.”