Cambond are pleased to announce they have been shortlisted for the Innovation of the Year 2020 Award by BusinessGreen Leaders at a virtual celebration on 14 October.

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are the UK’s premier celebration of the UK’s world-leading green economy. When the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards launched in 2011 fossil fuels were the UK’s dominant source of energy and environmental issues were a niche concern for most politicians, businesses, and voters. 

Now, thanks to the efforts of companies the awards have recognised over the years, low carbon technologies dominate the UK grid, environmentalism has captured the zeitgeist, and the UK has become the first major economy to set itself on a course to achieving net zero emissions. 

These awards, the UK’s most prestigious green business awards, will provide a platform for the country’s most innovative, important, and inspirational organisations to mark the start of this most critical decade by showcasing their era-defining work.

Cambond’s Co-Founder/CEO, Prof. Xiaobin Zhao said ‘We are thrilled at the recognition for our ground breaking technology by being selected as a finalist for Innovation of the Year 2020 for our plant based low carbon resin technology. This continues a great year for us as we have secured government funding (Innovate UK) to develop our Anthropocene mining projects to ‘up-cycle’ consumer and industry plastics and paper wastes and turn them into valuable biocomposite products’.

Cambond has recently set up a development facility in the NIAB Innovation Hub in Soham (Cambridge) to drive commercialisation of its technology and work with a number of industry and academic partners.

Notes For Editors


* Anthropocene Mining – The sustainable valorisation of past, present and future waste streams as materials for manufacture and industry using innovative technologies and circular economy principles.  – Dr G W Roberts – Cambond Ltd


Prof. Xiaobin Zhao – Cambond Ltd,  44 7507949517

 Dr. Gareth Roberts – Cambond Ltd,  44 7779257636


Cambridge UK: Cambond Ltd and Evolve Packaging are launching a project funded by Innovate UK to help solve the world’s biggest environmental and climate change problems.

The mission is to find partners with existing re-cycling, manufacturing and retail facilities that can be linked together to form a circular economy that can deal with plastics pollution in an effective, sustainable and profitable way.

We live in the ‘anthropocene age’1  – a time where human technology and exploitation of resources have change the surface and environment of our planet. 

The consumption of fossil fuels has driven climate change altering our environment. Drilling spills, mining spoil, power generation ash, paper and plastics manufacturing have produced contaminated land and pollution of the oceans by plastics.

No country has a re-cycling system efficient enough to avoid the accumulation of wastes.

Plastics, once symbolic of modern life, are now regarded as a curse of the Anthropocene age. Re-cycling rates are low (<30%) and the bulk of this ‘modern miracle’ material (>60%) is burnt or sent to landfill, generating millions of tonnes of CO2, hazardous microplastics and global environmental pollution. 

We are looking to tackle this problem by applying innovation. By linking existing expertise in retail, re-cycling and manufacturing we could take plastics destined for burning or landfill RDF (refuse derived fuels) and turn them into valuable products for consumers. 

Our project is looking for partners to develop Anthropocene mining.

  • Anthropocene wastes are a valuable resource
  • Anthropocene wastes can be used for making products – they can be mined
  • Anthropocene materials can replace virgin materials in products
  • Anthropocene mined products can be re-cycled to create a circular economy

Turning Anthropocene wastes into products provides a potent reason to invest in and scale existing businesses to manufacturing low carbon, re-cycled plastic products and build a sustainable circular economy for a new world.

Notes For Editors


* Anthropocene Mining – The sustainable valorisation of past, present and future waste streams as materials for manufacture and industry using innovative technologies and circular economy principles.  – Dr G W Roberts – Cambond Ltd

Cambond Ltd and Evolve Packaging were awarded a grant from Innovate UK (Project 53212). 

Competition: ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research


Rob Poole Evolve Packaging  44 7710927118

Dr. Gareth Roberts – Cambond Ltd,  44 7779257636

Cambond leads to one of the first 10 winning projects which receive a share of £5m from the Fast Start Projects competition

27-07-2020 Cambridge

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the first projects to receive funding as part of its £149m Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge. This challenge seeks to revolutionise the UK’s foundation industries (glass, metals, cement, ceramics, bulk chemicals, and paper).

The first 10 winners will receive a share of £5m from the Fast Start Projects competition. The winners have created innovative research projects involving various stages of the supply chain, including: feedstock inputs, production and material product development. Each project involves companies from at least two of the foundation industries, illustrating the cross-industry problem solving taking place in the UK today.

Cambond Ltd joined with Bangor University and Sappi Biotech UK Ltd to lead a project “Paper, Ash and Resin: Valorisation of Foundation Industry Waste Streams” .

Industry has worked hard to deal with the waste streams or manufacturing paper, ceramics and metals, but a substantial portion of this material still goes to landfill. Better use of these wastes could replace the use of scarce or expensive virgin resources and reduce our carbon footprint.

The project brings together innovative UK technology and expertise to focus them in a robust plan to drive the commercial development of a new low carbon materials technology.

CAMBOND was shortlisted in the Food & Drink category of Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition Final 2019

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual initiative for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a global impact. 

Now in its seventh year, the competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society. The competition is backed by multinational companies and one of the Top 10 Business Schools in the world; Cambridge Judge Business School. The competition is free to apply, with applications opening from 7th May until 15th July, and welcomes applicants from UK and Europe whose tech have a strong component of chemistry and falls in one of the following categories:

• Health
• Energy & environment
• Food & drink
• Enabling technologies

Cambond has been shortlisted in the Food & Drink category for its application Planet Friendly Packaging and invited to pitch its technology at this year’s Emerging Technologies Competition final in London.

Cambond’s US patent application for it’s bio-adhesive invention has been allowed

Cambond has been issued a Notice of Allowance to grant it’s patent application of bio-based adhesive in USA by US Patent Office.

” This is after three patents granted in China in the past, and we are very delighted to have our technology protected in USA, where potential significant market we are to develop”. Commented by Dr Xiaobin Zhao, CChem FRSC , FIMMM, the Inventor and Co-Founder for the company.

Cambond is to Present in Pollinator: Closing the Loop on the Circular Economy June 5, 2019 organised by Agri-Tech East

The so-called “circular economy” aims to reduce waste, extract maximum value from natural resources and extend the potential use of by-products. We’ll be discussing potential uses and added value of “waste” in the agri-food system.

Given the energy requirement and impact associated with production of food, feed and other inputs, there is increasing pressure for this approach to become mainstream. Some European countries are more advanced in their thinking around the circular economy, but the technologies and innovations associated with its implementation in the UK have been slower in development and adoption. We’ll be discussing potential uses and added value of “waste” in the agri-food system.

In addition, the value of the “bioeconomy” has been recognised and supported by BBSRC (one of the UK’s research funding councils, now part of UK Research and Innovation – UKRI) for a number of years. There is major potential to apply this thinking to the wider “circular economy” – to help increase the potential value of by-products and use resources for as long as possible and derive maximum value from them, servicing a range of supply chains and with the minimum of waste at the very end of the processes. UKRI is convening a multi-disciplinary group to consider how to make the circular economy a reality. Pollinator delegates will also be hearing about these activities and are invited to input into policy and funding workshops to shape future priorities for investments in research and innovation. 

Cambond will present with a title “Commercialisation – squaring the circular economy” to have a show case for it’s recent development on biomass based ‘Camposite‘ for various applications.


04 Oct 2018  Cambridge

Cambond became a member of Agri-Tech East. Agri-Tech East is an independent, business-focused cluster organisation to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture and horticulture.  It is bringing together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to create a global innovation hub in agri-tech. To join Agri-Tech East, Cambond is dedicating it’s focused technology platform in application of agricultural biomass to serve the UK clean-tech, sustainable and circular economy industry.



Cambond, a tenant at Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge has won a ‘Coffee Excellence Award’ for its furniture made from disposable coffee cups – the first of its kind in the world.

Part of Allia’s Cambridge cleantech cluster, Cambond are at the forefront of the sector, developing adhesive and biocomposite environmentally friendly technology for a more sustainable future.
Nominees for the award were chosen for products or services which are breaking boundaries in the food and drink industry, and Cambond were one of eight finalists from all over the world. The award recognises the innovator who has created a product that is outstanding for its quality, functionality and innovation. Cambond has created a table and chair that reuses all parts of the coffee cup including the lid and the lining, which are made into the board and worked into a piece of furniture. Each item of furniture contains around 40 – 50 disposable coffee cups.

Less than 1 per cent of coffee cups in the UK end up being recycled. Cambond’s innovative furniture eliminates the complex recycling process and reuse the cups in a most effective way: creating something new out of materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Dr Gareth Roberts, Business Development and IP at Cambond said “We realised that it’s important to show people the potential of the materials and what can be achieved. It’s great that our novel solution addresses the global challenge of waste reduction while creating something practical.” Gareth said the feedback has been great and a number of people have already expressed interest in buying the furniture.
The award was part of the Coffee Shop Innovation Expo 2018. Cambond are confident that their furniture will continue to make waves, and are planning to enter the NextGen Cup challenge which focuses on possible sustainable solutions to disposable cups including straws and lids, where winners will receive a grant of up to $1 million.


Could this plant-based product replace plastic? Cambridge firm scoops £40k prize to fund development

16 March 2018, Cambridge News-  A Cambridge company developing a plant-based alternative to plastic has won £40,000 after advancing to the final of a national innovation competition.

Cambond is one of the regional winners of the Shell Springboard programme, which is run by the oil company to encourage the development of new low-carbon products and services.

The Cambond team collects its Shells Springboard prize

The company will now progress to the national Shell Springboard final, taking place in London in May. The national winner will receive a further £110,000, taking its total prize to £150,000.

Cambond has developed a plant based resin with a range of biomass fibres and polymers to make CAMPOSITE, a planet friendly alternative to plastics.

Xiaobin Zhao, the company’s CEO, said: “We are delighted that the judges recognised our product, CAMPOSITE, and its potential as a planet friendly alternative to plastics. We are very excited to go through to the final of Shell Springboard and look forward to the next stage of the competition.”

Cambond were announced as one of the three regional winners at a ceremony held at Trinity Hall last week. Also progressing to the national final were Brill Power, which develops cutting-edge battery management technology to increase the lifetime of lithium-ion battery packs for grid-scale energy storage and electric vehicles and Seawater Greenhouse, which uses sunlight, wind and seawater to grow crops in arid coastal environments.

As well as their cash prizes, the finalists receive essential business advice; from growing their business and building their brand through to guidance on getting the most out of other Shell initiatives, like the access to finance navigator, which helps low-carbon entrepreneurs identify and access new sources of funding.

Gareth Thistleton, Shell’s head of UK social investment said: “The quality of the entrepreneurs coming through Shell Springboard makes me really excited about the future of the UK’s low-carbon energy sector. Shell is thrilled to be helping these young businesses and I can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

Camcup – Spark’s solution to our environmental coffee cup crisis

Camcup is a re-usable cup made using the waste produced by our global caffeine addiction – spent coffee grounds. Inventors Gareth Roberts and Dr Xiaobin Zhao came up with the product as a way to showcase their new fusion of plant and plastic technology, which recycles waste, reduces carbon emissions, and saves the customer money.

“Taking part in Design Council Spark has completely energised us and transformed the project,” says Gareth Roberts, entrepreneur and co-inventor of Camcup. “We started out the process with a background technology and just one product to serve as an example of it, and now we have a whole new business”.