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11/13/2017

Are you going to eat that wrapper?

It’s a novel idea, and I’m a fan of sushi, but seaweed is working on a packaging angle that ‘streamlines’ disposal options.

Long the perfect way to attach a hand-formed dollop of steamed rice to a freshly cut piece of maguro (tuna), seaweed is enjoying its moment ‘after being dried in the sun’ … as a packaging option that is edible.

“The company, one of six recently recognized at the culmination of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Design Challenge for “new plastics,” is testing a variety of packaging applications for bioplastics made from seaweed farmed in Indonesia waters.”

Heather Clancy, This edible packaging will make you reconsider seaweed – 

Greenbiz 2017

Some wrappers are edible, some dissolve in water, and some degrade over time.

How much ocean farmland does it take?

A. One hectare of ocean will produce 40 tons of dried seaweed a year

  • The seaweed cultivation process consumes 20.7 tons of CO2 emissions (this is good)
  • Processes for harvest and paper making are still highly manual
  • Other bioplastic products include materials harvested from marine algae