Developing premium compostable bio-packaging from sustainably-farmed seaweed
Tackling the problem of marine plastics while enabling the blue economy in the UK
Oceanium Ltd is a seaweed processing company that purchases sustainably-farmed seaweed from UK seaweed farmers and uses the biomass to create food products and sustainable bio-packaging. Oceanium has worked with CPI on the development and testing of its bio-packaging product, Oceanware™; this work was carried out as part of CPI’s IMPACT project which was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Although seaweed farming has existed for centuries in Asia, the crop is not a well-known source of biomass in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to its nutritional value, seaweed can also be used to create bio-packaging for food products that is home compostable and marine-safe. As demand for sustainable packaging continues to grow, Oceanware bio-packaging provides a sustainable solution utilising an innovative clean and green process.
Oceanium is an impact business, aiming to tackle the problem of marine plastics whilst enabling the blue economy in the UK. Despite the Earth’s surface being made up of 70% water, very little of this is used for aquaculture. Sustainable seaweed farming has the potential to meet our needs for food, feed and biomass, without requiring cleared land, freshwater, pesticides or fertiliser.
Further, seaweed farming provides several environmental benefits, including carbon sequestration, nitrogen absorption and increased biodiversity, as well as promoting responsible coastal management and creating jobs in rural coastal regions. Developing the seaweed farming industry along UK coastlines is part of Oceanium’s mission to create a sustainable supply chain for their seaweed products that benefits the surrounding regions both environmentally and economically.
An input is a unique capability, service or method of support that was provided, such as equipment or expertise.
- ERDF funding via the IMPACT Project
- Innovate UK grant
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Expertise in process development
An output is the result of the work, such as an experimental finding, an actual product or a pilot demonstrator.
- Samples of film and board produced
- Physical strength tests conducted comparing performance to other products currently on the market
- Formulation developed
- Identified areas for further development
- Identified other promising seaweed-based packaging materials
An outcome arises from implementing the outputs, for example, a profit, an investment, providing jobs or delivering societal benefits. Outcomes continue once an innovation has been implemented and deliver benefit every year.
- First iteration of Oceanware bio-packaging samples produced
- Application submitted for an Innovate UK grant
- Aiming for product trials in 2022