Carrageenan seaweed farming has improved the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and fishermen that live in coastal communities in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of the world.
Lots of seaweed farmers live in developing countries and seaweed farming has been a successful method of creating economic opportunities in these areas. Seaweed is relatively simple to farm, requires low levels of capital and material inputs and has short production cycles.
We use seaweed to make the capsules that hold our skincare. It's an amazing material because it's natural, biodegradable, and a carbon sink.Yet as we know, finding sustainable solutions is extremely complex, it doesn’t just involve environmental factors, but social ones too. So, is seaweed farming ethical?
In many ways, yes. Seaweed farming contributes to local employment and livelihoods of (often poor) coastal communities, as well as offering these communities social benefits, such as increased sense of community, access to education and training, whilst also providing skills in entrepreneurship and businessfor many local farmers.