Global award for Cleaner Seas

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A Cornish green-tech business has been presented with a leading international award in Australia.

Pitted against 200 businesses from 54 countries, Bude-based Cleaner Seas Group scooped the Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2023 Award, for its Indi home microfibre washing machine filter.

In addition to winning a prize pot of AUS$50k to help the winner accelerate its growth, Cleaner Seas Group also won the right to pitch its groundbreaking capture system to high profile Australian businesses interested in its technology.

Launched just seven months ago, Cleaner Seas Group’s Indi home microfibre filter has been making significant waves and has also been nominated for The Earthshot Prize.

Retrofittable to any domestic washing machine, Indi is a plug-and-play filter that instantly stops microfibres from entering the waste-water system, the environment and our oceans. Based on the average weekly household wash, Cleaner Seas Group claims this typically prevents the same amount of plastic as exists in one carrier bag from entering the ocean per household per week; that’s 52 bags worth of plastic per household per year.

CEO, Dave Miller, said: “It has been a fantastic year for us. We are in a hugely exciting, accelerated growth phase with new products, markets, awards and investments. Increased awareness of the need for microplastic reduction and demand for commercial solutions presents a huge opportunity for us to make a difference, and recognition by an international award of this gravitas can only support our business development further.

“We are currently in the process of raising additional capital to fund the growth of our consumer and industrial filter business lines both in the UK and internationally. Further growth will enable us to innovate to maintain our position as the technological leader in microplastic filtration.”