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A sea change

Life Science

How can the plastic crisis overwhelming our oceans be solved?

It appears the sea itself holds the answer.

A London-based startup has developed a plastic alternative made from seaweed, which can be used, among other things, to produce packets containing soy sauce.

The seaweed, which is farmed in northern France, is dried and ground into fine powder before a secret recipe transforms it into a thick liquid.

It is then air-dried to form a plastic-like substance.

One of the seaweeds used can grow by up to a meter a day (!) – without the need for fertilizer.

And here’s the best thing: the membrane is not only biodegradable within four to six weeks, but edible too.

Further initiatives are in the pipeline, with manufacturers weeding through solutions as we speak.

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