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Tidal Vision – Upcycling sustainable ocean byproducts

| Articles | September 6, 2016

Tidal Vision is a small company based in Juneau, Alaska, and Kent, Washington. It was founded by Craig Kasberg and Zach Wilkinson, both fishing captains, with the goal of reducing the waste that comes from the fishing industry that poses environmental issues when too concentrated in the ocean. In Alaska alone, 2 billion pounds of fish and crab byproducts are discarded to rot annually, both in water and on land.

Craig and Zach are finding innovative ways to turn this waste into products. Buying fishing waste from sustainable fisheries, they are able to make a variety of products, including:  salmon leather goods, fertilizer, and chitin products.

Tidal vision beltUnlike most of the leather industry, they are using their own vegetable based tanning oil to turn salmon skin into wallets and belts, avoiding the use of harmful chemicals.

 

Tidal Vision is the only US based company producing Chitin from crab and shrimp shells, using a sustainable process. Chitin and its derivative Chitosan can be used in a wide variety of industries including water treatment, agriculture, textile and pharmaceutical companies.

crabTidal vision also makes its own product out of Chitosan: the Chitoskin apparel line! It has lots of advantages: it is antibacterial, antimicrobial, odor fighting, biodegradable and non-toxic. The first products made out of this odor fighting material are expected soon!

An additional by-product from the Chitosan extraction process is Tidal Grow, an organic fertilizer.

This process created by Tidal vision can be used locally in the businesses that have the waste, which avoid any unnecessary transportation.

In addition to being good for the environment and making great products, Tidal Vision also helps the sustainable fisheries that are economically disadvantaged compared to their competitors: the sale of their waste becomes an additional source of income.

More information on http://tidalvisionusa.com/

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