Toxic algae blooms are clogging up waters from the Caribbean to the Baltic Sea. Finnish biochemist, Mari Granström, started harvesting the algae and turning it into ingredients for a number of products, including cosmetics and human food. The algae extracts can also be used in detergents, animal feed, packaging, and even as a replacement for plastic. After working on the project as a hobby, Ms. Granström has now set up her own company. The business has attracted commercial funding and European Union funds.

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