The environment and eco-system are protected by their harvesters in the following ways:
Hand harvested using experienced divers that follow very strict guidelines in proper, safe pruning.
Harvesting only twice a year to avoid harvesting in the spring to protect herring and also between June to August during salmon runs.
Harvesters remove the tip or first 9 feet of the seaweed which grows back in just 3 to 5 days. The fast growing nature of this specific kelp plant means no disruption of the eco-system and marine life that rely on the plant for nutrients.
Our harvesters cooperate directly with the government and maintain aboriginal interests.
Sustainable Processing methods:
Within 8 to 12 hours after the seaweed is collected, it is washed with purified water and a method called Cold Processing is used to make it into a concentrated liquid form.
Cold Processing is an advanced yet very gentle method and unlike other processing methods, maintains all of the seaweeds nutritional value without the use of any high temperature or pressure. The method of cold processing uses every bit of the seaweed and leaves no waste, where other processing methods such as cold pressing/dehydration etc. involves wastage of certain key active parts of the seaweed and in turn contains a lower nutritional value.
Cold Processing used in the Beauty Through Balance seaweed is highly nutritious maintaining the extensive mineral range in this seaweed plant.
Other Key facts:
– Why the Beauty Through Balance Seaweed and Seaweed Products are superior.
The cold processed raw seaweed and finished skin care products that incorporate this seaweed do not have this scent.
Here’s the lowdown smelly on seaweed:
In most cases that strong pugent smell of Seaweed one smells while walking along the beach comes from seaweed that has long left the ocean beds and has been floating or has landed on the beach. These loose seaweed stalks are decomposing or have already decomposed. The strong seaweed smell also comes from fish residue on the kelp which is a natural process however “old” seaweed stalks that have left the ocean bed often contain decomposing fish residues. Processing methods that are not as advanced as Cold Processing such as; simple cold pressing or washing/air drying or dehydrating, are not often capable of removing some of these fish residues.
In some cases, Seaweed that grows closer to shore and has washed up closer to shore, often contains more general bacteria and has been found to contain levels of contaminants and bacteria, which are found closer to the shore.
In order for seaweed to actually benefit the skin topically it needs to be processed in a form that will maintain its nutritional value and ensure purity. Many skin care products that use seaweed are inferior due to processing methods that involve wastage of key parts of the seaweed plant and poor harvesting practices. This may also involve the collection of seaweed that has already begun to decomposes or contains fish residues that are decomposing. In turn you are left with a lower grade quality skin care product that not only smells like seaweed but does not provide the many benefits a purely processed and properly harvested seaweed can make.
In using seaweed, it is critical that specific regulated harvesting methods are used that will not disrupt the environment, the eco-system and will maintain all of the integrity of the seaweed.
Seaweed is highly beneficial not just internally but also topically for promoting healthy, youthful and vibrant skin.