Packaging without plastic.

Informed by science. Powered by seaweed.

A viable alternative to plastic.

The ideal alternative to plastic is water-tight, flexible, durable, and opaque… 

And then it goes away.

PhyCo is bringing the agriculture industry a plastic alternative that does just that.

For many industries, plastic is here to stay.
But for the sake of the planet, it can't stay long.
Phyco is here to bridge the gap.

Most plastic use isn't consumer-facing.

Plastic is deeply integrated in the systems that bring our food from farm to table.

Canadian farmers use

tonnes of plastic products and packaging annually.

The Agrifoods industry accounts for

tonnes of plastic products and packaging annually.

PhyCo is using seaweed to bring compostable, petroleum-free plastic to Canada.

Why seaweed?

Native to BC.

BC's coastline is home to a number of native seaweed species. This means that we can produce seaweed by working with the local ecosystem.


Some species of seaweed can grow substantially in as little as 3-6 weeks, making seaweed an ideal crop for high production yields.


Seaweeds native to BC are low-maintenance crops, and don't require pesticides or fertilizers.

Sequesters carbon.

Like trees, seaweed captures carbon when it grows. Compared to petroleum-based plastics, seaweed-based plastics have a minimal carbon impact.

Our Team.

Ranah Chavoshi
Co-Founder, CEO

Ranah Chavoshi has 7+ years of experience working as a marine biologist specializing in aquatic toxicology and phycology, the study of seaweed. She also has a wealth of experience in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion space where she has led multiple initiatives in academia and industry.

Dr. Stacey Goldberg
Co-Founder, CSO

Dr. Stacey Goldberg has 20+ years of cross-disciplinary experience in the fields of biomedical, environmental science, and marine natural products. She obtained NSERC funding for her doctoral research. She is currently a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow in collaboration with UPEI and AquaBounty.