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Algae is helping this brewery

Algae is helping this brewery in Australia cut carbon emissions

The process of fermenting beer releases a whole lot of carbon dioxide (CO2). In fact, it takes a tree about two days to absorb the CO2 released from producing just one six-pack of beer. By adding algae to the beer production process, a brewery called Young Henrys in Australia hopes to dramatically Read More...

How algae could make your loca

How algae could make your local brewery carbon neutral

For Australian brewery Young Henrys, fighting climate change means including an unusual ingredient in their beer-making process: algae. The fermentation of beer releases large amounts of CO2, but the brewery uses an innovative algae tank to absorb their emissions and produce as much oxygen as two Read More...

A startup is farming algae to

A startup is farming algae to reduce the environmental footprint of cows

In a new factory on the Swedish coast, a startup called Volta Greentech will soon begin commercial production of Asparagopsis taxiformis, a type of red seaweed that’s never before been grown on land. The seaweed is being farmed because it has a unique ability to fight climate change: When it’s Read More...

Honey bees may soon add algae

Honey bees may soon add algae to their diets

The growing habitat loss of honey bees in recent years has led to a decrease in the variety of flowering plants, which provide bees with essential nutrients in their diets. As a result, beekeepers are increasingly starting to augment their insects' diets with artificial feeds made of ingredients Read More...

3D-printed biostructures could

3D-printed biostructures could help nurture coral reef ecosystems

As rising ocean temperatures and acidity are wiping off coral reefs at an unprecedented rate, researchers are on a continuous quest to better understand these fascinating ecosystems and to find ways to prevent their mass extinction. Aligned with such a mission, scientists from Cambridge Read More...

Algae-based alternatives to pl

Algae-based alternatives to plastic are becoming hard to ignore

Biobased materials, particularly in the thorny realm of bioplastics, are a polarizing subject. But for as many systemic kinks that their management lays bare, the slew of potential long-term benefits to swapping out petroleum-based products for plant-based alternatives is hard to ignore.  While Read More...

A designer is using polluting

A designer is using polluting algae from Venice to make postage stamps

Being the hotspot that it is, the Venetian Lagoon has become a filthy body of water (though that’s not the case now). Algae regularly covers the water, which isn’t a good sign of health. In a classic case of opportunism, a Spanish-Italian designer has used the polluting algae to make paper Read More...

Here’s what the future l

Here's what the future landscape of protein production could look like

What could the future landscape of food look like? This question has seen numerous approaches in the recent year with the main concern being planet preservation. Some preach a change in our food culture shifting towards less meat consumption, while others have tried to replicate meat from Read More...

These living garments capture

These living garments capture carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere

As the textile industry faces increasing pressure to rethink its production practices amid the climate crisis, eco-innovators are coming up with ingenious ideas to help achieve that. From mushroom leather to algae T-shirts, the search is on for alternative materials with smaller carbon Read More...

Algae is going mainstream as K

Algae is going mainstream as Kanye West unveils algae-based sneakers

We can already imagine some of our readers facepalming after reading this headline, but the fact of the matter is nothing spreads faster than when an “influencer” bringing it to the mainstream. That’s why it’s awesome that Kanye West unveiled a new shoe prototype from his Yeezy fashion Read More...