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What are blue ingredients?
Many ingredients are traditionally derived from petroleum or animal products, with direct detrimental impacts on the environment.
But what if our footprint could be a good thing? What if instead we created ingredients that regenerated eco-systems, respected and preserved our oceans, and performed better than their petroleum-based predecessors?
Upwell Materials aims to do just that. With hyper-sustainable, patented ingredients from microalgae, Upwell is bringing the personal care industry the first ocean-derived wax, alongside other blue ingredients for personal care, nutraceuticals, and beyond. Our disruptive ingredients are carbon-negative, ocean-safe, and vegan with a luxury feel.
The ocean holds 60 times more CO2 than the atmosphere, with about 30% of human emissions absorbed annually. Algae are five times more efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide than land plants and, when grown in bioreactors, up to 10 times more efficient. Preserving our oceans and producing low emission materials is crucial for the planet's existence. Upwell Materials believes the future of ingredients is blue—they must be sustainably derived from the oceans and be good for the oceans.
Our powerful microalgae called T. isochrysis are grown in closed loop bioreactors that rely on the sun, recycled water, and nutrients to give us a marine crop that absorbs on average 10 times more CO2 than trees. Our disruptive ingredients offer sustainable alternatives to petroleum and animal-based materials on the market today.
Upwell Materials has an exclusive licensee agreement with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Western Washington University where the wax was first discovered. Thanks to this agreement, Upwell is commercializing the first microalgae wax for use in the personal care and cosmetic space.
Upwell Materials has a number of proprietary in-house ingredients derived from microalgae and we are always looking to expand our portfolio.