Sustainable packaging from seaweed

Notpla is an up-and-coming company working to scale sustainable, biodegradable packaging material made from seaweed and other plants. The team is a combination of designers, chemists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, and their work offers an alternative to single-use plastics. As WWF’s Cost of Plastic report estimates that the lifetime cost of plastic is 10x the market cost, businesses can benefit from choosing alternative materials.

So, how does this connect to ocean acidification? Seaweed sequesters carbon and nitrogen from the ocean, a function that prevents ocean acidification. Seaweed farms also create sanctuaries for sea creatures. While still in its early stages, Notpla shows that the technology we need to make business out of boundaries is here and ready to be scaled.

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