Surf brand Quiksilver has partnered with sci-tech company Uluu to launch plastic-like wax combs made from seaweed.
Uluu claims that its wax combs, used for maintaining and removing surfboard wax, do not release microplastics into the environment.
The wax comb is made from Uluu, the company’s namesake product, which comes from seaweed that went through a fermentation process similar to brewing beer.
“Having a plastic-like natural material that’s durable, yet recyclable and compostable, is incredibly exciting. It opens up a range of new possibilities in circular business models across many industries,” said Uluu co-founder and co-CEO Julia Reisser.
“They represent our first step towards replacing plastic with materials that are good for the world.”
The wax comb will come as a gift with the purchase of Quiksilver’s new board shorts.
Uluu boasts that its products significantly help the environment as seaweeds remove carbon dioxide from the air and absorb pollution from the ocean.
“We’re now focused on working alongside Quiksilver to develop and commercialise ‘Made with Uluu’ apparel that’s natural and good for the environment, yet performs just as well as plastic textiles made from fossil fuels,” said Uluu co-founder and co-CEO Michael Kingsbury.