Freo-based climate tech startup ULUU has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mina Agar Makmur, an Indonesian Cooperative, for seaweed supply, with the first shipment of seaweed between the companies made in August.
The company has pioneered the development of seaweed as an alternative to plastics, and raised $8.6M last year from an impressive list of funders, including including supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker and a wealth of arts and music backstage big hitters like Festival Republic and Future Classic via deep tech investors Main Sequence.
A delegation from the recent Indonesia-WA trade mission, led by Premier Roger Cook and Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis, visited the headquarters of the Mina Agar Makmur Cooperative.
Based in East Java, the Cooperative is developing a site with seaweed processing equipment. The Cooperative has 1,200 hectares of Gracilaria seaweed under cultivation by 150 farmers, with a production target of 1,000 tonnes for next year.
Ten tonnes of seaweed can produce one tonne of ULUU plastic, by using saltwater microbes that digest carbohydrates in the seaweed, during the fermentation process.
The plastic pellets produced can be used to create items such as furniture, packaging, car parts, and clothing.