Catalyst supports high school R and D project.

The annual NZIFST / CREST Student Product Development Challenge brings out the best in student innovation and creativity to address practical, food science and technology problems and questions.

39028_commercialkitchen2The Catalyst® sponsored Te Puke High School team that developed an environmentally-friendly cleaner to be used in kitchens and the food industry, walked away with Highly Commended status.

Commenting on this achievement, Malcolm Garnham from Catalyst® says: “With our own focus on R&D, and the need to encourage young people to think about careers in science and developing new products, we put our full support behind the Te Puke team.”

The $500 sponsorship covered the costs of ingredients and equipment needed to conduct a thorough research programme, and also funded the team’s entry cost.

The “Green Clean” product that the students developed took into account an optimum recipe that remained fragrance and colour free, and the potential for bioplastic packaging that would be adopted if the product was commercialised.

Thought was also put into the labelling that supported the product’s environmental stance and its lack of impact on water life. A whale design was used as “it relates to water, which is what people often consider when cleaners are going down the drain.”

The team was commended for their use of graphic design in both their poster and product labels – consistent with the natural positioning of their cleaning product.

“The team’s entry closely aligns with our own goals for sustainability and the impact of our products on the environment,” says Malcolm. “Helping the team with their research was really gratifying. I hope it has also encouraged some of those bright young brains to stay involved in science and research. They are the future of kiwi innovation after all.”

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) is the professional link uniting people in the food industry who apply science and technology to the processing and distribution of foods.

CREST is the Royal Society of New Zealand’s awards scheme designed to encourage students to be innovative, creative, and to problem solve in science and technology.

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