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Samsara is a Banksia National Sustainability Award winner

1, Apr 2022

Samsara is a Banksia National Sustainability Award winner

The winners of the 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards were announced at a gala event attended by more than 350 guests, finalists and winners at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre. Established more than 30 years ago, the Banksia National Sustainability Awards recognise individuals, communities, businesses and government for innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship. 

Samsara took out the Ignite Award category which recognises new products, processes, services and technologies that contribute to the development and well-being of human needs and institutions while respecting the world’s natural resources and regenerative capacity. It is for the best projects, ideas and initiatives that don’t yet have the results, resources or funding!

Professor Colin Jackson (Chief Investigator, CoESB) is the Chief Scientific Officer at Samsara. Samsara has developed a revolutionary enzyme-based technology that can infinitely recycle plastic waste.

‘The award is significant for Samsara because the Banksia awards are the leading Australian awards for sustainability. Sustainability is at the heart of what we want to do with Samsara, which is to help Australia and the world transition to a closed-loop economy for plastics, where we no longer have to make plastic from fossil fuels,’ says Prof. Jackson.

Synthetic biology is at the core of Samsara from a technical standpoint. ‘Our process is built on computationally designed enzymes that can break down new synthetic chemicals, such as plastics,’ says Prof. Jackson.

Congratulations to the team at Samsara for winning such a prestigious award!