After graduating in 2019 in Product Design, Lucy Hughes has received global attention for developing MarinaTex, a new biodegradable material and alternative to plastic film that uses fish waste and algae. The project has been awarded the National and International James Dyson Award, The D&AD Award for Future impact and been exhibited at the London Design Museum for the Beazley Designs of the Year.

Through diving and marine conservation, Lucy got to see first-hand the negative impacts that plastic pollution has had on marine environments, driving her to make a difference through design. By learning about designing for the Circular Economy at University and working for an independent Circular Economy research and innovation practice, Lucy has honed her knowledge regarding the role of design in making lasting societal change.