Developing proof of concept recycled marine plastic handplanes

Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)

About the project

Odyssey Innovation is an award-winning Cornwall business specialising in recycled marine plastics. Through specialist product development, the business turns waste plastic into kayaks and other products. Odyssey works with NGOs and harbour collection initiatives to bring in ghost fishing nets, sending them off to a specialist manufacturer for processing. The business continues to go from strength-to-strength and was a finalist in the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) awards in 2019.

AUB Innovation met Rob Thompson, MD at Odyssey, at Venturefest South. A collaborative project was subsequently formed to help support the business in proof of concept testing of their new handplane product, which will be made from the same recycled marine plastic as the kayak.

After a successful Crowdfunder campaign, the product is now ready for manufacturing in the UK.


This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit