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Xampla's plastic-free products are made from pea protein and are completely biodegradable.

Xampla

Xampla has engineered a new class of biodegradable and biocompatible material made entirely from plant protein, which can in many cases replace synthetic materials and polymers used by industry. It's aim is to eradicate the need for single-use plastics.

The company was spun out from research in the lab of Professor Tuomas Knowles, who is now Scientific Adviser to the company. Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia, who is a former postdoctoral researcher in the Knowles group, is Head of Research. Xampla was on the RSC ERC emerging technology shortlist in 2019.

In October 2020 the former Unilever chief sustainability officer and White House climate change adviser Jeff Seabright became chair of Xampla. Seabright says: “Xampla is the most exciting innovation I have worked on. It has potential to have a positive impact on a global scale and is a ground breaking solution for industries in desperate need of natural alternatives to plastic. I am very pleased to be joining as chair at this critical time.” 

Developed over 15 years with the help of Cambridge Enterprise, Xampla’s mission is to replace everyday plastics including bags, sachets, flexible packaging films, edible labels and microplastics used in homecare and personal products. It has raised over £7M in funding, and its first range of products will be launched later in 2021.

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