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California startup is replacing plastic bags with seaweed-based packaging

Think about the last ten things you bought that arrived wrapped in plastic film, packaged into a plastic bag and shipped in another plastic bag. It adds up to a lot of plastic — especially that thin, protective film-like plastic — which is the hardest to replace with an eco-friendly alternative. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, though. And that’s where Sway comes in. The California-based startup, founded in 2020 by Julia Marsh, Matt Mayes, and Leland Maschmeyer, is using polymers found in seaweed to make a compostable alternative to thin-film plastic packaging. Marsh is not new to the packaging world. Before founding Sway, she spent about 10 years as a brand and packaging systems designer, which she said she found to be “really at odds with my identity as an environmentalist and naturalist,” in an interview with Fast Company. https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/sway-the-future-seaweed-packaging

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  • Ann Nyambura

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    Keep up the good work, Sway

    • Esther Wanjiku

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      What a milestone!

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      • Marine Stephan

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        This is amazing and very much needed! Do they plan on growing seaweed sustainably as well?

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        • George Kariuki

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          This is sure a step in the right direction.

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            It's encouraging to see that the company is taking on a practical approach to solving the ongoing issue of plastic pollution.

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              This is great innovation that will help alot in tackling plastics pollution

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              • Saustine Lusanzu

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                This is a great investment and innovative ideas! We all need this in Africa too

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                • Gorffly mokua

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                  @saustine_lusanzu This is possible, if only our leaders have such commitment.

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                • Andy Kadir-Buxton

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                  I can provide a list of species that eat plastic, the enzymes they use to do so can be copied and improved in the lab.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

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                    This is a great invention aimed at ending plastic production and plastic pollution, this is surely commendable.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @joseph_githinji I completely agree! It is amazing to see innovative solutions that focus on sustainable development and are aimed to tackle global environmental issues, such as plastic pollution.

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