So why is Seaweed so important? Seaweed creates forage and refuge habitat for fish and much marine life. Seaweeds also act as a sponge soaking up what's in the water. It could also have a huge role in helping mitigate climate change, by afforesting 9% of the ocean with seaweed, we could sequester 53 tonnes of CO2 every
On top of all this, did you know that many every day products we use, contain extracts from seaweed?
Carrageenan is extracted from red algae and is used to bind foods together. Some examples of products that contain carrageenan are dog food, chocolate, toothpaste and baby food.
Alginate comes from brown algae and is used to make water-based products thicker or creamier. Ranch dressing, heartburn relief medicine and hand creams all can contain alginate.
Agar comes from red algae and is used as a food thickener and gelling agent. Some products that include agar are packaged Danishes and smoothies.
Next time you brush your teeth, or eat some ice cream at home, look at the ingredients list and see if it contains algae extracts.