SeaGrown, whose farm is situated in the North Sea four miles out of Scarborough, started by a former fisherman, navy diver and navigating Officer Wave Crookes and marine scientist Laura Robinson, who met on a search ship in Antarctic continent.
Their seaweed was at first harvested by hand from rocks to form products for food, baths, pets, and restaurants.
But after seeing a major increase in demand and needing to expand into larger industries like biochemicals, food additives, biofuels and plastics, the couple approached BEF for funding.
Crookes explained: “After setting up a company 18-months-ago, it’s splendid to examine our dream of an algae farm return to life.
"Seaweed has several extraordinary qualities, together with absorbing carbon, oxygenating and de-acidifying saltwater, its ability to form perishable plastic and block ruminant animal paraffin emissions by up to 80 percent.
They have spectacular data and experience and are committed to actually creating a distinction within the native and wider community.
"All it needs is ocean and sun to grow, thus sustainability is at the core of our business”.
"It’s nice to examine how the support has helped them on their journey and Wave fulfilling the role of his name.” Crookes added: “The UK’s carbon pledge is to succeed on net-zero emissions by 2050 and that we believe, with SeaGrown, we are able to facilitate to realize this.”
“The funding from BEF has enabled the U.S.A. to get the instrumentation that is prime for the U.S.A. to start out the algae process.
The BEF is a social enterprise specializing in providing funding and recommendation to businesses across the North, that is creating positive changes inside their native communities.
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