In 2015 four students worked an entire summer looking for solutions to tackle pollution in our oceans. What we came across was a unique solution: seaweed. Seaweeds increase the amount of oxygen in the water due to their photosynthetic properties - just like trees! This is great for the living creatures that inhabit our oceans because they need oxygen to live too. After discovering that seaweed could help tackle pollution the team worked hard to figure out how they could increase seaweed in the ocean.
The answer: seaweed farming.
Farming seaweed is not as popular in the United States like it is in some foreign countries, but how could a young group of students quit school and start farming seaweed? The answer? We didn't. What we came up with instead was a business model to support seaweed farmers in America.
This was the birth of the kelp chip.
Not only did we discover that seaweed was great for the ocean but that it has tons of health benefits for people as well! This includes important vitamins like Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, D and E as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium.
Getting Kelp Chips to you.
Kelpy’s team has now grown to seven people to help make these kelp chips available to the public. Moving forward our main goal is to educate people about all the good seaweed can do for our bodies and our planets!