WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two Hollanders, Nikki Spil and Sjoerd Laarhoven, set up a seaweed farm to help filter pollution from their favorite beach.
- When properly processed, seaweed can be turned into a bioplastic, which can be used to replace synthetic plastic.
- Seaweed from Nikki and Sjoerd’s farm is turned into fertilizer and also serves as a resource for bioplastic.
The climate crisis is a problem that affects the world globally. Seeing how it can affect different parts of the world, especially the spots in our local community that we love can spur us to do what we can to help.
For two Hollanders, it was the sad sight of seeing factory runoff tumble from one side of the IJmuiden harbor and drifting in the waters of their favorite beach. Nikki Spil and Sjoerd Laarhoven wondered if there was something they could do about the pollution that they could literally see “float by”.
Their nature-based solution was to farm seaweed at their Sea Farm Ijmond right across from the Tata Steel factory. Though the general idea is that the best way for people to combat the problem of CO2 emissions is to plant trees. Specifically, like in a report published in July, plant a trillion trees.
Nikki says that algae can actually provide the world with the most oxygen.
“People often think that trees can provide the world with the biggest amount of oxygen, but actually it’s the algae,” says Nikki. “They’re the lungs of the Earth.”
Seaweed not only naturally filters pollutants, but they’re also used in chelation therapy—a treatment for patients with heavy metal poisoning.
There’s one more thing seaweed can be used to help provide a solution for the pollution problem. Dried and rendered properly, seaweed can be used as a replacement for plastic. A bioplastic was designed by Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros that can be used in 3D printers to make plastic items like tableware, shampoo bottles, and trash cans.
Though the harvest from Nikki and Sjoerd’s farm is small, it’s shipped off to a refinery in Petten. Some of it is turned into a natural fertilizer while the rest is processed into bioplastic.
Source: Good News Network