Don’t just take our word for it though, our Earthshot Prize innovators can’t get enough either!
2022 Finalist, SeaForester, grows seaweed from spores in “green gravel” and then scatters this into the ocean where they latch onto the seabed and begin multiplying. This helps to reverse acidification, boost marine biodiversity and – crucially – capture carbon.
From source to application. 2022 Winner Notpla uses seaweed as an alternative to plastic to create a range of consumer packaging products, including takeaway food containers. Because their material is completely natural it is entirely biodegradable, helping to reduce plastic waste.
Want to know more? Here are the seven things we love about seaweed 👇
Some species can grow up to two feet per day and up to 100 feet long… that’s as big as a ten-story building!
This biological difference makes it super-efficient at sucking up CO2 from its surroundings.
They provide crucial habitats for a huge variety of marine life including fish, crabs and sea turtles.
It’s used to make all sorts of things including fuel, clothes and of course plastic packaging alternatives – reducing waste and creating jobs!
Grab a bag next time you’re in your local garden centre to give your home-grown fruits and veggies a boost.
Packed full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants you’ll often find it in sushi, soups and stews but it can also be a great savoury snack.
This is known as bioluminescence and as well as just looking beautiful it’s used to keep them safe or attract food.
So next time you’re at the beach and spot some seaweed, take a moment to show some gratitude to our slimy superhero!