The fashion industry produces a lot of CO2. By 2050 it is expected to produce as much as 25% of the world’s carbon emissions. About half of those emissions are the product of the materials we all use to make clothing. Those materials are textile fibers like cotton, nylon and polyester.
AlgiKnit is a textile fiber with a tiny carbon footprint. Through initial life cycle assessments, we’ve estimated that AlgiKnit yarn has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% or more compared to recycled polyester. This is possible because our main ingredient, an algae called kelp, absorbs CO2 faster than any plant on land. That CO2 is captured in AlgiKnit fiber.
Kelp is the beginning of our green production process, which does not require any petroleum or toxic chemistry, uses minimal energy, and is compatible with existing manufacturing infrastructure, so we don’t need to build new factories. Even more, AlgiKnit fiber is comfortable, cost-competitive and will never contribute to ocean plastic or microfibre pollution because it’s digestible and biodegradable.