Any material that can replace plastic in a way that is considered comparable. In our use case, we consider an alternative to plastic to be seaweed. Other examples are paper and PLA.
Materials that are derived in whole or in part from biomass resources. Biomass resources are organic materials that are available on a renewable or recurring basis such as seaweed, algae, trees, grasses, and aquatic plants.
(Source) A biopolymer is a material derived from nature, like silk, wool, collagen, and DNA.
A biorenewable resource is any carbon-rich substances made from organic materials, like plants and seaweeds.
Blue carbon is the carbon captured and stored by coastal and marine ecosystems. Many unique ocean habitats (e.g., mangroves, marshes, seagrass meadows) store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests. Due to their outsized role in capturing carbon emissions, these ecosystems are now being recognized for their importance in mitigating climate change. Like other forms of blue carbon, the seaweed we use in LOLIWARE’s products captures carbon dioxide to grow.
Since over 70% of Earth’s surface is water, we think of Earth as a “blue planet”. A Blue Planet Safe product is one that’s produced without harming the ocean.
Carbon capture refers to any process that captures carbon from the atmosphere. Once captured, the material containing the carbon can be repurposed into products, preventing the production of new carbon emissions, or it can be put into a long-term storage within the material where it is effectively removed from impacting the planet. By using seaweed, which soaks up carbon dioxide to grow, LOLIWARE’s products repurpose past carbon emissions instead of generating new ones.
Carbon sequestration is any process that results in the long-term storage of carbon (think trees). Generally, for carbon to be sequestered, it needs to be deposited in an environment lacking in biological activity that would otherwise degrade the carbon and re-release it into the atmosphere. Suitable places for carbon sequestration include the deep ocean and oxygen-deprived soils.
A carbon sink is a reservoir of carbon that’s protected from entering the atmosphere. Carbon sinks are created through carbon capture followed by carbon sequestration. To fight climate change, it’s vital we both protect existing carbon sinks, like old-growth forests, while creating new carbon sinks, such as by restoring habitats that naturally sequester carbon.
A circular economy is a system which creates goods with the products’ entire life cycle in mind. The goal of a circular economy is to eliminate waste by reusing existing materials, removing processes that create hazardous waste, incorporating renewable energy into production and ensuring a healthy end of life.
To decarbonize a business or an economy is to reduce or remove its carbon emissions. We need to decarbonize the present to create a better future.
Products derived from materials that are living, circular and in partnership with the earth.
Emissions avoidance is the most effective carbon management strategy over a multi-decadal timescale to achieve atmospheric CO2 stabilization and a subsequent decline. Carbon offsets based on energy efficiency rely on technical efficiencies to reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce CO2 emissions. In our use case, all of our products are emission avoiding by using seaweed as our main material. (Source: Global Carbon Project)
Products that can degrade in a simple backyard compost alongside food waste as fast as a banana peel. This differentiates LOLIWARE’s materials from other plastic alternatives, such as PLA (corn-plastic), which require industrial composting.
The study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by a material's composition and structure.
A form of marine aquaculture. Underwater gardens that allow vegetation or seafood to grow. This is also known as vertical ocean farming. In our use case, LOLIWARE only collects seaweed from ocean farms and does not harvest in the wild ocean.
Regenerative design seeks to not merely lessen the harm of new development, but rather to put design and construction to work as positive forces that repair environmental and human systems. (source: Sustainable Brands)
Biopolymers made from seaweed that are designed to replace petroleum-based plastics.
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are petroleum-based materials that are overengineered to last for generations after only being used once before being thrown away or recycled.