Seaweed for the future
A new take on R&D
ALGINA is the unit within MAREA that is dedicated to algae research.
As we work on developing seaweed bioplastics, we are also exploring the potential for full-utilisation of seaweed in Iceland.
Information collection through algae analysis.
Study of cultivated algae compounds.
Potential for value creation from seaweed-waste.
Through zero-waste innovation and by making a sustainable use of local seaweed resources, the aim of Marea is to deliver a biodegradable material ÞARAPLAST that can successfully replace single-use plastic.
Bioplastics are the future for countless industries and seaweed is an incredible untapped resource to further the creation of a biodegradable base material.
In order for our model to be sustainable, further research is needed to establish an efficient utilisation of resources. Read more about MAREA.
WHY A STUDY ON FULL-UTILISATION?
Marea´s research project ALGINA has two main goals.
Algae research with particular emphasis on macroalgae as a basis to build a sustainable business model in the production of seaweed bioplastics in Iceland.
A seaweed waste mapping in order to identify opportunities for full-utilisation or by-products development. To make the most of the natural capital we are already using will take us one step closer to reach zero waste generation. The results of our full-utilisation study will be available in 2022.
SEAWEED FOR THE FUTURE
The research conducted under the scope of ALGINA has a direct impact in setting the basis for a sustainable framework around the development of MAREA´s Icelandic seaweed-derived bioplastic ÞARAPLAST.
MAREA´s vision is to promote a sustainable culture, help build knowledge around sustainability and contribute to the design of sustainable business models and frameworks around the utilisation of natural resources.
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