Seaweed is an amazing fully renewable natural resource in Ireland, a country with a coastline in excess of 5,000km. People have realised that seaweed is a superior source of minerals, trace elements, and vitamins compared to land-based vegetables for many years.
Seaweeds have the unique ability to mop up the complete range of elements from the seawater surrounding them. Accordingly, they have a complete supply of minerals and trace elements concentrated thousands of times in their fronds.
Since the 18th century, when scientific investigations of Irish seaweed species began in earnest, over 800 different species of seaweed from Irish waters have been identified. Given the small area of the island, this relatively high number represents a high diversity of seaweed for Ireland.
One reason for this diversity is that Ireland is located between 51° and 55° N, occupying a range of latitudes that straddle both the northern limit for some warm-water species and the southern limit for some cold-water species.
Ireland is the least densely populated country in Europe and the west coast of Ireland is the least densely populated part of Ireland. If you add to this that there is no major or heavy industry on its west, it leaves probably the most unpolluted waters in the Atlantic.
We hand harvest wild seaweed under special license in areas recognised for their unprecedented natural beauty and one of the few remaining wildernesses left. The areas we harvest in are surrounded by special areas of conservation (Ref: www.npws.ie), which ensures we have seaweed of unparallel purity and quality.
From the very start, the Walton family have been conscious of preserving the tradition that is Seaweed Baths, whilst respecting the environment. All of the seaweed that is currently used in VOYA Seaweed Baths after use is then taken to Organic farms. Even now its life giving nutrients are of amazing results which cannot be disputed.
Winner of the All Ireland Vegetable Championships, note all of Mick’s Vegetables are grown
organically using seaweed. What’s more remarkable is he won against conventional farmers
using growth chemicals and pesticides.