Sway Updates Seaweed Packaging Technology

Seagriculture USA 2024

J​ulia Marsh, Co-founder and CEO of Sway — the California company harnessing the power of seaweed to create home compostable replacements for plastic — keynoted the recent GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 24, a leading conference for professionals building the circular economy. In her talk she emphasized a paradigm shift away from extractive supply chains into a world where a new material future is possible, where we source clean materials from nature that can return to nature.

She noted that seaweed, shrimp shells, coffee grounds, coconut husks, microbes, pea protein, waste grasses, bamboo, and micro algae are just a few of the materials presenting viable pathways to a cleaner, biologically circular, future. The main issue at this point, is not identifying the useful materials, but scaling them.

Julia’s startup has specifically focused on scale over the past three and a half years that they’ve existed, and her team has gone through hundreds of formulations with “incredibly challenging” criteria. Just a couple months ago they unveiled their latest new age material, produced with traditional infrastructure. They call it thermoplastic seaweed, or TPSea for short. TPSea is a patented technology designed to mesh seamlessly with existing plastic manufacturing. Hear more about Sway’s progress in this video.

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