Mahahual and Xcalak prepare for the new arrival of sargassum

The director of the ecology of OPB announced that the seaweed barrier will be placed shortly before the start of the arrival of the sargassum

There are parts of Mahahual that are kept clean from seaweed. Photo: Courtesy of Ivy Romero
There are parts of Mahahual that are kept clean from seaweed. Photo: Courtesy of Ivy Romero

From February this year on the coasts of Mahahual and Xcalak, a barrier will be placed with an extension of 5.4 kilometers, which will aim to prevent the passage of the sargasso to the southern coast of the state.

This was announced by the director of Ecology and Environment in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco, Alondra Martinez Flores, who explained that such work will be conducted in conjunction with the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico.

She added that the sargassum barrier will be installed in that month because they expect it to be from that lost when the seaweed begins to arrive.

"We have 5.4 kilometers of sargassum barrier that will be placed from February on, since we are waiting for the arrival in the middle of this month," he added.

In addition, he explained that they also have at their disposal three collection boats; one whose capacity for collecting seaweed is 25 tons per day, and the other two are smaller boats that will be used to extract the sargassum.

As if this were not enough, they will also have a permanent team of workers, who will have the task of cleaning the beaches.

Finally, she clarified that of the 5.4 kilometers of the sargassum barrier, 1.4 will be placed in Xcalak because it is the part where the marine currents accumulate the most, while the rest will be placed in Mahahual.

Source: Notimex

Mexican company produces shoes made with sargassum

The company Renovare Ocean de León, Guanajuato, found a way to use plastic and sargassum, algae that have been affecting Mexican coasts, to make ecological and biodegradable shoes.

The prototype of shoes made with sargassum and plastic will soon begin with its distribution. Image: RenovareCo
The prototype of shoes made with sargassum and plastic will soon begin with its distribution. Image: RenovareCo

The project is about a dream that Jorge Castro, founder of the company, has had since his childhood, as he comes from a family of shoemakers.

"We then began to think of a question that would lead us to the solution of our tests. What material is used so considerably that it can be polluting but possible to reuse or recycle? We started working with PET [plastic], and finally we came to an adequate process. Of course, this would only be the real start of the road and numerous other challenges," says the businessman on the RenovareCo page.

It describes that the shoes are usually made with plastic bottles, adhered with solvent glue in water, so as not to damage the people who make the shoes, and add the sole, made with 150 grams of sargassum.

The project not only cares about the effects of pollution but is also committed to society. According to Benjamín López, commercial manager of the project, 10% of its profits are dedicated to social causes.

In addition to being shoes made with Mexican hands, it makes use of German technology of the first level.

The prototype of shoes made with sargasso and plastic will soon begin with its distribution, receiving requests from department stores such as Liverpool, in Mexico, and other stores in the United States, Colombia, and Puerto Rico.

By Mexicanist