As a compostable replacement for single-use plastic packaging

Seaweed might help solve the world's plastic crisis

Notpla is a London-based startup company that is designing a seaweed-based replacement for single-use plastic packaging. Founded in 2014, the company closed a $13.5 million Series A financing round last month to scale and further develop its product line.

Notpla's products are meant to be composted or dissolved after use. Some are edible as well. Design director Karlijn Sibbel says they look to nature as inspiration ‘for the ideal packaging’, like the skin on a fruit.

Notpla's founders, Rodrigo García González and Pierre Paslie, initially looked to seaweed as the solution to the world's plastic problem because it is abundant, grows quickly, doesn't compete with land crops, and sequesters carbon from the air, Sibbel explained.

According to the UN, 331 million tons of plastic waste are produced globally each year, and out of the estimated 8.3 billion tons (9.15 billion tons) of plastic produced since the early 1950s, about 60% has been landfilled or discarded outdoors. Microplastics -- tiny particles that are often the result of larger plastics breaking down -- pollute the ocean, the air and our bodies.


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