Algae - Nature's own super hero

Algae - Nature's own super hero

juli 03, 2020

Seaweed – a sustainable resource

We all know at least two types of seaweed, the one holding our sushi together and the smelly one at the beach. Most people will have memories, good or bad, regarding seaweed and the smell they can produce when rotting on the beaches in the summer or when walking through the shallow water with kids clinging on to your back, refusing to walk through the seaweed forrest, home to HUGE crabs, at the local beaches in the summer. 

But there is a lot more to seaweed than that, and if we are to meet any of the Global Goals in time and become more sustainable in our everyday life - algae and seaweed might just be the hero we have been waiting for...actually, that has always been here.

Below is different takes on working with algae as a sustainable resource:


Algecentret Denmark/Kattegatcentret

By Lone Thybo Mouritsen, Head of research and fundracing, Algecenter Danmark

Seaweed is a stable part of the menu in many Asian countries, but not very common in Europe. However, as sushi gets more and more mainstream and seaweed salad can be found next to at the pickled herring at the fishmonger the focus on seaweed as a sea vegetable increase.

Seaweed is a both healthy, sustainable and interesting addition to the menu. Seaweed contains a lot of important vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and bioactive compounds. Some species are rich in glutamic acid adding savory flavor or the taste of umami to a dish. 

Vain Dane algae on a plate

Photo:  Lone Thybo Mouritsen

However, seaweed has a potential use for much more than just a more or less exotic food item. Substances extracted from seaweed are already widely used as ingredients regulating the texture of for example mayonnaise, ice cream or toothpaste, but seaweed can also be utilized in the production of food supplements, healthy animal feed, bioenergy, fertilizer, nutraceuticals, medicine and materials and much more. 

The term algae covers macroalgae - commonly known as seaweed - and microalgae.

In AlgaeCentre Denmark the public aquarium Kattegatcentret, Aarhus University and Danish Technological Institute work together in order to do research and development, stimulate sustainable industrial development and communicate broadly the numerous potentials of using algae for many purposes.

Vain Dane Algae

Photo:  Lone Thybo Mouritsen

In AlgaeCentre Denmark the public aquarium Kattegatcentret, Aarhus University, and Danish Technological Institute work together in order to do research and development, stimulate sustainable industrial development and communicate broadly the numerous potentials of using algae for many purposes.

The use of seaweed for many purposes support the UN global goals for sustainable development especially no. 2 - Zero hunger, no. - 3 Good health and well-being, no. 7 - Affordable and clean energy, no. 11 - Sustainable cities and communities, no. 12 - Responsible consumption and production, no. 13 - Climate action and no. 14 - Life below water.

The 3 Global Goals both Vain Dane Athletic and Algaecenter work towards, each in our own way:

Global Goal 3 Vain Dane


For the Kattegatcentre it is very important to be part of projects that makes a real difference for a cleaner marine environment and life in the ocean and also for a more sustainable future.


Algae - a future resource for Vain Dane Athletic

By Tina Søgaard-Pedersen, Owner of Vain Dane Athletic

Algae and seaweed is not only a solution to hunger and CO2 reduction. It can also be a substitute for different forms of plastic. From an alternative to cling film for your sandwich to textile fibers reducing the need for synthetic fibers and cotton, which is heavily dependent of large quantities of water draining the areas where its grown.

Textile fibers

One of the big problems with synthetic sportswear made from nylon, polyester, or acrylic, is that regardless of the textile being a recycled or regenerated material, then it will release micro and nanoplastic during washing. The micro and nano plastic goes through the washing machine out with the water and finds its way to the oceans. 

Vain Dane Seacell textiles

Photo: Tina Søgaard-Pedersen, textile with 20% sea cell fibers

However, running in all cotton or linen is not ideal. The elastic fibers are necessary for swimsuits and leggings. Seaweed is already being used in textiles although still mainly as a component to be mixed with organic cotton. Vain Dane Athletic would love to buy testiles containing sea cells, but the price is still so high that for a small company buying small quantities, its not an option - yet. 

By sponsoring an organisation dedicated to develop algae as an alternative material is a big part of our company vision. The more money and time invested into research the better the chances for usable solutions helping reduce CO2, hunger, and reduce our dependence on plastic. 

Pure Algae Denmark

Last time Vain Dane Athletic visited Kattegatcentret, we had an interesting tour of Pure Algae Denmark's land based algae facilities in Grenaa. Pure Algae grows seaweed - on land. They design, build, and operate a unique cultivation system that enables an increase in seaweed production at a reduced space and water through an energy optimized technology.

Vain Dane Algae

Photo: Tina Søgaard-Pedersen, Pure Algae's testing facility

Founder of Pure Algae, Esben Rimi Christiansen:

"We design, build and operate a new technology, which we will proof can increase the productivity, reduce the costs and most of all – increase the quality of the seaweed and its sustainable footprint."

We highly recommend that you check out their website,

Også i Newsletters

Iceland & Tina Dickow - In English
Iceland & Tina Dickow - In English

juni 09, 2021

Two Tinas, introvert, almost same age, love the outdoors and both living with a fear of things being average, boring and too down to earth. During a trip to Iceland we met Tina Dickow and talked about the influence of nature. The blog looks at some of the sustainable issues and initiatives in Iceland and how clean energy can be used for polluting industries.

Læs Mere

Island - én ø med de 4 elementer og Tina Dickow
Island - én ø med de 4 elementer og Tina Dickow

maj 31, 2021

“Islændingene er meget ligesom naturen - lige nede under overfladen er der et eller andet som vi danskere har lidt sværere ved at blive klog på. Der er en vildskab man kan blive overrasket over”. Tina Dickow fortæller om sin kærlighed til Island og vi kigger på Islands grønne tiltag og vedvarende energikilder.

Læs Mere

TENCEL™ fibers - the natural choice
TENCEL™ fibers - the natural choice

april 23, 2021

TENCEL™ is the natural choice if you want a material that is sustainable, anti-bacterial, breathable and compostable all whilst being as soft as silk.

Using only trees from sustainably managed forests that guards against deforestation.

Læs Mere

Størrelses Guides
Silhouettes back to back

Vi har sørget for at gøre valg af størrelse så nemt for dig som muligt. Derfor har alle vores produktsider et billede af den tilsvarende størrelsesguide, så du nemt og hurtigt kan finde den størrelse der passer dig.

På denne side er et overblik over alle vores forskellige produkters størrelsesguides. Har du yderliger spørgsmål vedrørende størrelserne er du velkommen til at kontakte os på:



Ask Size Chart
Birk Size Chart
Dagfrid Size Chart
Embla Size Chart
Holger Size Chart
Ran Size Chart
Sif Size Chart
Sigmund Size Chart 
Tyra Size Chart
Ydun Size Chart


Freja Size Chart
Maggie Size Chart


Agni Size Chart


Bera Size Chart


Erik Size Chart
Frej Size Chart
Siggi Size Chart
Sigrid Size Chart
Tho Size Chart
Thor short Size Chart
Valdimar Size Chart
Valdimar short Size Chart

Join our CircuLetter

Are you up for zero waste sportswear? Get sustainable insights, inspiration and new stuff.

Thank you for subscribing!