Futuralga: Circular economy model to turn seaweed into biodegradable plastic alternative

Biodegradable material made from algae can replace plastic in food packaging © Futuralga

A Cádiz-based young startup is winning accolades for its eco-friendly bioplastic made from seaweed washed ashore

In recent years, scientists have come up with many kinds of eco-friendly packaging to replace plastic, ranging from IKEA’s fungus-based packaging to Veuve Clicquot’s grape skin- and potato starch-based carton boxes for its champagne bottles. In Cádiz, Spain, two marine biology graduates decided to turn the tons of algae they saw washed ashore the Andalusian coast every year into biodegradable packaging, too.
“Absolutely nothing is done with the algae,” said Victor Pérez, who together with his former classmate, Sofia Tristancho, co-founded Futuralga in early 2018. “We thought...

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