Sea Briganti, CEO and founder of Loliware, recently launched a new technology that transforms ocean-farmed seaweed into pellets that can replace plastic at scale.
Loliware is working with a former plastic manufacturer in Missouri that has produced a straw made of seaweed that is backyard compostable and has no PFAS or toxins. “It’s so safe, you can eat it,” she said. “It’s just seaweed and FDA approved food coloring.”
The pellets can be manufactured into materials using the same process as plastic on the same equipment, though with less energy because the pellets melt at a lower temperature. Loliware is scheduled to have a line of seaweed-based cutlery this fall, and expanding from there.
“We fight climate change in two key ways,” said Briganti. “By supporting the seaweed economy that captures carbon from the ocean and the atmosphere, and it replaces plastic, which is avoided emissions.”