TWO North Yorkshire businesses have partnered to create kelp infused skincare products.

Cosy Cottage Soap, based in Malton, has partnered with the UK’s first large-scale seaweed farm, SeaGrown, based in Scarborough, for the range.

The seaweed infused products include natural and eco-friendly soaps, shampoo bars, skincare, candles and household products.

Through the partnership the businesses aim to harness seaweed’s natural healing and soothing properties to create the fresh-scented soap bar and hand and body balm.

A spokesperson for the partnership explained that seaweed is 20 times more effective at absorbing carbon than the woodlands, and also absorbs nitrogen and produces oxygen.

Clara Challoner Walker, founder of Cosy Cottage Soap, said: “Our collaboration with SeaGrown enables us to showcase how fantastic seaweed is for the skin but also allows us to generate consumer interest for this fantastic, sustainable ingredient.

“Working together with local companies that share the same passions and values helps us to make an even greater impact."

Wave Crookes from SeaGrown, said: “We know how valuable seaweed is to the marine ecosystem and as a carbon capturing plant, but it also has so many commercial applications.

“Our bath and skincare range with Cosy Cottage Soap underlines how working with other local businesses who share our sustainability values can be incredibly successful.

“By making quality products that people want to buy, we are attracting more people to buy from and invest in local businesses that are proactively supporting sustainable practices. This is the foundation of a thriving green economy.” 

Gazette & Herald: Clara Challoner Walker of Cosy Cottage Soap and Wave Crookes of SeaGrown Picture: SeaGrownClara Challoner Walker of Cosy Cottage Soap and Wave Crookes of SeaGrown Picture: SeaGrown

Yorkshire is already home to a number of industries that use bio-based raw materials and processes, and boasts the UK’s greatest concentration of food and drink companies.

BioVale and BioYorkshire, both led by the University of York, plan to develop the bioeconomy to tackle climate change, grow a resilient economy and create quality jobs. 

Steve Bagshaw CBE, chairman of the BioYorkshire Industrial Advisory Group, said: “The partnership between Cosy Cottage Soap and SeaGrown perfectly exemplifies how promoting the bioeconomy can benefit local enterprise, communities through the provision of work, and the environment.

“We are facing a huge climate crisis but are equally blessed with so many clever and innovative people working on solutions in the region.  We are supporting them to do this and be commercially successful.

“Our goal is to make North Yorkshire carbon negative, of course achieving this aim brings environmental benefits but we believe it is only a truly sustainable goal if we can also create jobs and enterprise.” 

Clara Challoner Walker added: “BioVale and BioYorkshire unite and support businesses of all sizes across the region, who are already passionate about doing good for the community and the environment and enable us to collectively achieve more.”