- story by MaterialDistrict
Algae foam is a flexible foam that is made from harvested algae. Algae is the fastest growing plant on Earth, and it is a vital component of aquatic ecosystem’s nutrient management. However, when temperatures rise, algae thrive, suffocating aquatic life.
The company Bloom turns the algae into biofoam, combined with an EVA compound. Biomass from algae is high in protein and has natural thermoplastic qualities. Thus, algae is a filler with polymer-like characteristics. This allows it to mimic the properties of traditional flexible foams when properly processed.
The foam has several advantages over other kinds of foam. By harvesting the algae, Bloom keeps the ecology of the waterways in balance, use less non-renewable oil, and use GMO- and pesticide-free feedstock.
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