ALGINA

Seaweed for the future

INTRO

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.

Nature

Sustainability

Data
Information collection through algae analysis.

AQUACULTURE

Innovation

Analysis
Study of cultivated algae compounds.

FULL UTILISATION

Circularity

Model
Potential for value creation from seaweed-waste.

ABOUT

BACKGROUND

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.

RESEARCH

PARTICIPANTS

COMING SOON!

SEAWEEDS OF ICELAND

Seaweeds of Iceland is a collective project that will include an illustrated database of all the types of seaweed that can be found in Iceland and an interactive map of all the companies and start-ups working with algae in Iceland.

Send us an e-mail to info@marea.is if you want to contribute to the SEAWEEDS OF ICELAND database.