'Shruder' program attracts royal interest

31st January, 2018. London, UK. (International Sustainability Unit)

 Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

A machine which shreds and extrudes marine plastic into usable items is attracting high-level international interest — including from Prince Charles.

The 'shruder' is the invention of Louise Hardman, a Coffs Harbour-based environmental scientist and teacher.

Founder of the Plastic Collective Ms Hardman said it was vital to try to turn back the tide of marine pollution in the Asia-Pacific region.

"By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish," Ms Hardman said.

Ms Hardman has just returned from a successful trip to London at the request of the Prince of Wales for his International Sustainability Unit meeting on Plastic Pollution & The Circular Economy.

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