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  1. New Innovations/Scientific Findings When It Comes to Seaweed

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    Seaweed has gained significant attention recently due to its renewability, remarkable properties, and diverse applications. Scientists and researchers are uncovering new and innovative ways that highlight the immense potential of seaweed in various fields and industries. Its fast growth, eco-friendly nature, and nutritional richness also make seaweed an appealing choice for tackling urgent global issues and advancing a greener, more sustainable world.

    Here are some of the latest applications and advancements in the world of seaweed:

    1. Bioplastics: A Greener Alternative

    Traditional plastics derived from fossil fuels pose significant environmental challenges due to their non-biodegradable nature. To address this issue, the bioplastics industry is actively seeking sustainable alternatives. Seaweed-based bioplastics have emerged as a potential solution.

    Most seaweeds contain polysaccharides, such as agar and carrageenan, which can be extracted and used to produce biodegradable films, packaging materials, and even 3D printing filaments. These seaweed-based bioplastics offer similar functionalities to traditional plastics but without the negative environmental impact. They are renewable, compostable, and help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Thus, industries can contribute to a greener and more sustainable future by incorporating seaweed-based bioplastics into their production and packaging processes.

    2. Cosmetics: Nature’s Beauty Secret

    With consumers increasingly seeking natural and sustainable beauty solutions, incorporating seaweed-based ingredients has gained popularity in the cosmetics industry. Seaweed is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can nourish and hydrate the skin. Some varieties also have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, improving skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and promoting a healthy complexion.

    In haircare products, seaweed extracts have been shown to help strengthen hair follicles, prevent hair loss, and promote hair growth, while also improving the overall texture and shine of the hair. Additionally, they provide nourishment to the scalp, contributing to healthier and more vibrant hair.

    3. Animal Feed: A Nutritious Option

    Seaweed-based feed additives have been shown to positively affect livestock growth, gut health, and immune function. They can also help to reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals, which is a benefit to environmental sustainability.

    In aquaculture, seaweed-based feeds provide essential nutrients to farmed fish and shellfish, which can improve their overall growth, survival rates, and quality. They also reduce the reliance on fishmeal and fish oil derived from wild-caught fish, addressing concerns about overfishing and depletion of marine resources.

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    4. Agriculture and Soil Health: Nurturing the Earth

    When applied as fertilizers or soil conditioners, seaweed extracts and meals help to provide essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that can enhance soil microbial activity and nutrient availability. These products help promote root development, and can increase plant resistance to stressors. The lack of other chemical additives or fillers means any runoff is more natural and potentially less damaging.

    SeaLife Kelp Meal for Soils

    Explore the Potential of Seaweed With North American Kelp

    Leap into the world of sustainable solutions by exploring the transformative benefits of seaweed! North American Kelp’s premium kelp meals, powders, and extracts can help you seamlessly transition to greener practices. With us as your trusted partner, you can rely on a greener, more sustainable option without compromising the environment.

    Contact us today to discover the remarkable potential of seaweed products!

  2. Organic vs. All-Natural Kelp Meal


    We get questions regarding the different certifications and grades of kelp meal all the time. Organic vs. all-natural, feed grade vs. soil grade…it can be difficult to navigate and choose the best option. The graphic below should help to demystify the differences between a certified organic and all-natural product.


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    Looking for more information? You can read more about our feed-grade options here, or our soil-grade options here.

  3. North American Kelp honored with 2023 Exporter of the Year award

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    We are incredibly honored and humbled to be the recipient of this year’s Exporter of the Year award through the Maine International Trade Center.

    We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Maine International Trade Center, who have been incredibly supportive since we became members. A special thank you to their team for always answering our questions, no matter how crazy or out-there, and providing us with the necessary guidance to expand our exports.

    We would also like to thank our partners, including Camden National Bank, Key Bank, and EXIM, for their trust and support throughout our journey. We have been exporting since the 80s, and their financing and insurance services have been vital in helping us to navigate the complex world of international trade.

    Without the Maine Small Business Administration and Maine Small Business Development Center we would not be able to grow our business. Their resources and expertise in assisting with all aspects of our business have been invaluable over the years.

    Finally, it is with deepest gratitude we thank Robert Morse, owner of North American Kelp. From a humble start drying hand-harvested seaweed on rocks, his vision, leadership, and dedication have led the company to where it is today. Without his unwavering commitment to the business, we would not be receiving this prestigious award.

    The Exporter of the Year award is a testament to the dedication of our team, our partners, and the support from organizations mentioned previously. We look forward to continuing to contribute to Maine’s economy through our export efforts.

    For more information on the award winners and MITC, visit the following pages below:

    MaineBiz article

    MITC Trade Day information