Algae can be used instead of petrochemicals to make shoes and other products. Photo courtesy of BLOOM Holdings Inc.

Algae can be used instead of petrochemicals to make shoes and other products. Photo courtesy of BLOOM Holdings Inc.

BLOOM HOLDINGS LLC

Founded: 2015

CEO: Mike Van Drunen

Headquarters: Solana Beach

Revenue: $500,000 to $1 million in 2017 (estimated)

No. of local employees: 5

— Shoes made with algae-based foams developed by Solana Beach-based BLOOM Holdings LLC will go on sale this summer as part of the startup’s partnership with London-based shoe company VIVOBAREFOOT...

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