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FAQs

 

  1. How long the algae inside are alive?

Answer: Algae can live up to 6 months within the material. During that time they capture CO2 and fight Climate Change. We aim to increase that lifespan up to 24 months. 

2. What is the product longevity?

Answer: The product's longevity is not the same as the algae's lifespan inside. Product longevity is similar to commercially available products, it can last years. Even when the algae inside is dead, the customer can keep using the product.

 

3. Where does it store the carbon?

Answer: The CO2 is stored in the form of algae biomass, which means that over time the material increases its weight. This is the net active carbon impact that our materials create. The passive carbon impact is also substantial, which is due to the usage of sustainable (entirely biobased) materials for the production and maintenance of OXYA.

 

 

4. What to do with the material after algae are dead?

Answer: There are three options, since the algae inside are dead:

- Keep it: Carbon capturing capacity is over but the material is still usable and carbon neutral;

- Return it to us: We will recycle it and you can have a new piece at a discount;

- Revitalize: Spray it with a new layer of algae cells, which we can provide you upon request. Keep in mind that this option applies only to certain products;

 

5. Can you color it?

Answer: Additional colorization is not possible. The materials possess a natural color pallet of algae green, red, pale pink, blue-green, and everything in between due to the algae species inside.

 

6. Can it be invaded with bacteria and/or algae biofilms?

Answer: According to our laboratory experiments this is highly unlikely. We are further working on covering our materials with additional antibacterial layers for maximum protection.

 

7. In what forms you can produce it?

Forms: fiber, sheet, biofilm, textile, & paint;

Products: Indoor and outdoor paint; Indoor shading systems (e.g. curtains or blinds), liquid wallpapers, furniture lighting, wall panels, insulation panels, etc.

 

8. Is there a color transfer after touching it?

Answer: According to our laboratory tests we have not observed such material behavior.  

 

9. Does it smell like algae?

Answer: Yes, it has a gentle ocean smell which is due to the biopolymers and algae inside.

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