Utilization of Seaweed Content in Various Industry

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Indonesia is one of the archipelagic countries in which most of its territory consists of oceans. One of the greatest natural resources we have is seaweed. The use of seaweed is starting to increase, as evidenced by the many industries that use seaweed content. The content of seaweed commonly used is as follows:

  1. Agar

Agar is produced from seaweed of the class Rhodophyceae. It is widely used as an emulsifier and stabilizer for food and beverage products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, animal feed, ceramics, paints, textiles, and paper to form a gel or film layer.

  1. Piccoloid

Piccoloid is a polysaccharide extracted from seaweed of red algae species. Piccoloids can also form gels to be used as thickeners and stabilizers, especially in the food industry, such as milk, bread, cakes, jams, and fish canning. As for the pharmaceutical industry, such as ointments and tablets.

  1. Carrageenan

Carrageenan is often used in the pharmaceutical industry as an emulsifier of liver oil, a granulation solution, and a binder for tablets and syrups. In addition, it is also used in the cosmetic industry as a stabilizer, suspension, and solvent for ointments, lotions, toothpaste, hair tonics, and soaps.

The content in seaweed has an into uniting raw materials. So Biopac also takes advantage of the potential of seaweed in creating plastic replacement packaging to unite community support for environmental sustainability.

 

Source: Suparmi, S., & Sahri, A. (2009). Mengenal potensi rumput laut: kajian pemanfaatan sumber daya rumput laut dari aspek industri dan kesehatan. Majalah Ilmiah Sultan Agung, 44(118), 95-116.

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