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Making plastics from seaweeds

An article on the Wageningen UR website highlights the potential for making plastics from seaweeds (rather than petroleum, maize or sugar beet) in the context of the circular economy. 

Sander van den Burg said, "If we can produce plastic from seaweed on a large scale this would mean using fewer fossil fuels and freeing up valuable agricultural land for food production."

Scientists at Wageningen UR have performed a lifecycle analysis on the environmental impact of making plastic from two kinds of seaweed which showed that seaweed cultivation has the potential to be very eco-friendly.

“Seaweed extracts nutrients directly from water,” Van den Burg says. “Unlike with the cultivation of maize or sugar beet, no polluting fertilisers are used. Furthermore, seaweed cultivation has relatively few negative effects on biodiversity. All of this makes seaweed a very interesting commodity.”

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