The fashion Industry is facing many challenges as the textile production demands are rapidly increasing. Textile consumption is expected to increase 3 times by 2050. In addition to this, there is almost no circularity in the industry as 95% of textiles after its product lifetime are burnt.
Project AlgaeFabrics envisions algae as a future raw textile material has developed a strategy to achieve this. Organic organisms of algae are spread globally in the oceans and lakes and are a crucial element in the carbon flux as it converts large volumes of CO2 to oxygen and useful building blocks like cellulose. This makes a positive impact in dealing with global warming.
Cladophora, an algae species we work with, are rich in cellulose making up to 70% of its content. Cellulose is an excellent material to make yarn from and is already sporadically used in our fast fashion textiles, but, mostly not from sustainable resources. Obtaining our cellulose from the sea is by far the most renewable and sustainable resource for fashion of the future.
For this visionary concept, the detailed technical roadmap and the relevance to the future of fast fashion Tjeerd Veenhoven was awarded the Global Change Award 2015 initiated by H&M Foundation. Currently the project is in the final stage towards yarn-production expected in October in collaboration with AMIBM and ITA research institutes.