Innovation @ E2Expo

Seaweed based degradable yarn for apparel and accessories

Updated : December 2020

Stakeholders

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Financial investors
  • Marketing or sales professionals
  • Researchers or innovators
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile fiber cultivation professional
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

Textile yarn from marine algae

Algiknit is developing biomaterials for the fashion industry from what is called 'the most renewable organisms on earth'. Addressing the ecological damage caused by the fashion industry, AlgiKnit is creating durable yet rapidly degradable yarns from kelp. Kelp is a type of seaweed or macroalgae, that is grown globally in cold coastal waters primarily in the northern hemisphere. Kelp absorbs CO2 and works against global warming and ocean acidification and also absorbs farm run-off. AlgiKnit’s yarns are directed toward use in the fashion industry, in particular within the fields of footwear, accessories, interiors, and garments.

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Topics

Algae yarn

Biomaterials for footwear

Seaweed fiber

Closed-loop textile product lifecycle

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Company/Organization

Algiknit

Geography

| United States

Year Established

2016

Highlights and sustainability benefits

The complete product lifecycle is sustainable thus protecting the environment from the harmful impacts of conventional textile and accessories production processes.

Recognition

AlgiKnit won EUR 100,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. It also topped the Sustainable Planet category of National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Challenge

About the Work

While worn, the materials are durable and practical, only degrading when exposed to humid, fungi rich environments found in composting facilities for a prolonged period of time.

About the Innovator

AlgiKnit is a New York-based biotech start-up producing durable seaweed yarns. The company aims to conserve the maritime ecosystem whilst creating a sustainable and ethical fiber that can be processed into textiles for the fashion industry. It was co-founded by Aaron Nesser, Tessa Callaghan, and Asta Skocir in 2016.


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Potential for seaweed extract and their fibres for use in fashion industry

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Durability and degradation properties of seaweed fibres

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Feasibility and economics of algae as a raw material in fashion sector

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Environmental benefits of seaweed farming

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