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Prince William visits 2022 Earthshot Winner who makes food packaging from seaweed | Royal | News

At the start of the visit, William will be taken on a tour of the headquarters with the start-up’s co-founders, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier.

The founders will show William a showcase of Notpla’s product portfolio, as well as letting him see into the vital role Notpla plays in minimising the use of single-use plastics. So far, Notpla has replaced almost 3 million units of single-use plastic from entering the environment.

Since winning the Earthshot Prize, Notpla has seen its visibility and commercial traction grow substantially.

Its win also provided the start-up with opportunities of new partnerships with businesses such as Just Eat, and Bidfood.

The funding, which they obtained from The Earthshot Prize, allowed the Notpla team to expand in numbers.

The company was able to grow by ten people, allowing the business to invest in new machinery for development and research.

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Notpla Paper, a paper which is made from seaweed, also secured a partnership with international paper distributor, G. F. Smith.

Looking to the future, the team are also in conversation with various potential sporting partners to bring their sustainable packaging to stadiums across the UK.

Earthshot Prize was founded by Prince William, as part of The Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, in 2020.

The Prize searches for extraordinary solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges, and in July 2022, it was formally established as an independent charity to continue to deliver global change.

The 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards took place on December 2, 2022 at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, USA.

Prince William and Kate travelled – without their three children – to attend together.

The 2022 ceremony was the second-ever annual Earthshot prize, with ceremonies planned every year until 2030.

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