Upcycling for the sake of nature
Do you know the concept of "upcycling"? Upcycling is a sustainable approach where resources that would usually be discarded, instead are used to create new products of higher value. Thus, upcycling helps to reduce the amount of waste and extend the life of resources. At Vild Nord, we upcycles fish skin from wild-caught North Atlantic cod.
We are proud to have an innovative and sustainable approach to upcycle fish skin and create a premium collagen product that you can enjoy wherever you are in life. Our motivation lies in our desire to protect and look after our nature in a sustainable way. And we are also just good old fashioned fascinated that fish skin can turn into a beauty product. It's not magic, but it's close.
As a company, we feel an obligation to preserve our nature and to minimize our environmental impact and promote circular resource consumption. By upcycle the fish skin from the wild-caught North Atlantic cod, we contribute to increased value creation and greater utilization of the entire raw material, reducing food waste.
From residual product to premium Marine Collagen
The fine, light and bright white collagen powder that you find in all of our Vild Nord collagen products are manufactured through a hydrolysis process. But what does it mean when we say that our marine collagen is hydrolyzed?
After being caught, the cod is filled and the skin is collected. Usually, the fish skin is discarded or used in the manufacture of feed, but we chosen to upcycle the skin using a special process, so you can benefit from a beautiful collage powder of the highest quality.
When we upcycles fishing skin, we use the Earth's resources to the fullest. One kilogram of fishing skins gives approx. 130 grams collagen. It may not sound like much, but the fish skin also consists of other things than collagen and there will always be remains of the fish skin after the processing. These residues are used to, for example, produce animal feed.
In order for us to get the collagen out of the fish skin, it must be processed in a very special way. Hydrolysis involves a process in which the fish skin is broken down by water and enzymes. In this way, the collagen can be extracted.
The fish skin undergoes a process where it is cleaned and impurities are removed. Then the skin is softened and enzymes are added. The enzymes break down the fish skin and its proteins to smaller peptides and amino acids.
When the hydrolyze process is over, the collagen is filtered to remove insoluble particles, resulting in a clear and pure powder.
The collagen powder is used in all Vild Nord Collagen variants - also in your favorite. In some of the products vitamins and minerals are added in the form of e.g. seaweed and berries.
With nature in mind
Why choose marine collagen and why did our choice fall on the cod? The cod we use at Vild Nord, has lived its life in the wonderful, but at the same time harsh northern Atlantic. It has by nature a high content of the protein collagen, especially in its skin.
The collagen that the cod possesses is type 1 collagen. It is the most widespread type of collagen in the human body and plays an important role in the elasticity of the skin.
In addition, we have chosen the cod as a source of collagen as fishing is sustainable and we complete this sustainable cycle by upcycle the fishing skin into a beautiful inner beauty collagen product.
By choosing Vild Nord Marine Collagen, you get a collagen type that the body already has and knows. It is also nice to know that the raw material is fully utilized and that in this way you can help reduce any food waste.