Trainers made from algae help the environment

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UK-based shoe manufacturer Vivobarefoot has collaborated with eco-company Bloom to use its namesake algae material to create trainers. Bloom utilizes algae harvested out of waste streams in the US and Asia, where too many nutrients in the water often causes algal blooms. These blooms kill aquatic wildlife such as fish, meaning no fertilizers need to be added in order to grow the algae, and its removal actually helps the environment. The harvested algae biomass is dewatered and dried, polymerized into pellets, then combined with other compounds to ultimately form a soft, pliable foam. Depending on the formulation and intended application,…

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