Let’s first dive into seaweed and all its great qualities. It grows fast, cleans the water from nitrogen and phosphates and the air from CO2. Hello, this could really change the world! Or the textile industry at least.
So. To continue the story:
The girls went to the Oosterschelde to collect as many different types of seaweed as possible. They went home with over twenty species. Yep, a wide colour pallet you could say. The colours ranged from brown and green to lilac and pink.
During the Dutch Design Week, Nienke and Xandra showed over 250 colour tests. Tests on wool, cotton, silk and Nienke’s seaweed yarn. By only using salt sea water, these ladies created a process that doesn’t need freshwater. So it doesn’t conflict with human needs for drinking water.
We’re convinced. We need natural dyed outfits. Asap.
Right now, Nienke and Xandra are continuing their research and will start collaborations with the industry to get this awesome innovation available for us all.