Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae

Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae

By Stephanie Seferian

Algae is having moments in many spotlights. First, innovators are using microalgae - not petrochemicals - to create disposable packaging. Elsewhere, macroalgae is fed to cows to reduce their methane emittance. And pesky algae blooms? There's actually a company that first captures then transforms algae blooms into our favorite sneaker's cushiony foam.  Still, algae's biggest potential comes within the field of human nutrition. Is microalgae an alternative to fish for omega 3s and, if so, can this oft-overlooked photosynthetic organism solve our oceans' overfishing woes? Here to unpack algae's emergence on the environmental scene is proud omega 3 evangelist Corinna Bellizzi, who believes algae is worth paying attention to for its array of both planetary and human health benefits.  (Psst ... If you're new to Defend The Eco-Trend episodes, this series dives deep into a product or innovation in the sustainability sphere with big promises. Is the hype legitimate (or is it greenwashing?). Here's a preview: [3:00] Half the oxygen we breathe comes from algae, plus other fun algae-related facts [6:00] Recent innovations in the algae space [16:00] Hey there, omega 3s! Microalgae's emerging place as part of the human nutrition solution [19:00] 3 must-dos for optimal health [21:00] Fewer fish, more algae: The Top 5 environmental and human health benefits associated with algae for omega 3s   Resources mentioned: Orlo Nutrition (use code SUSTAINABLE10 for 10 percent off!) Care More, Be Better podcast Bloom Materials Notpla algae-based disposable packaging Want more episodes like this one? Check out #295: Defend The Eco-Trend: Bamboo Nutrition Without Compromise podcast   * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.   -- Thank you to our sponsors! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your first order and a $60 free gift. Cariloha: Get 25% off your order with code SUSTAINABLE at checkout.   Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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