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Algae Apparel

Turning algae into bio-fiber and eco-friendly dye that is also good for the skin.

Awarded: €150,000 Year: 2018 Company: Algalife

Conventional fabric production causes many environmental concerns. Growing natural fibers, such as cotton, requires large amounts of water. Textile dyeing is another huge problem, both in terms of water use and pollution. Algae Apparel has solved both these issues in a brilliant way, by looking under the sea to find an untapped resource in algae. Algae is a renewable and degradable aquatic organism, that can be turned into bio-fiber and environmentally friendly dye. A bonus effect of wearing clothes made from algae apparel is that the fabric releases anti-oxidants, vitamins and other nutrients to the skin. Clothes that both look great and literally make you feel great.

“Winning the Global Change Award is a game changer. It’s a very exciting moment for us. Our vision will be realized, our innovation will receive a huge support and a strong wind at our back. We will get a significant push and come closer to our mission of being the green engine for our fashion revolution. The grant will enable us to continue our research and scientific development, increase our personnel and our laboratory access, and support our experimental efforts with a variety of algae,” says Renana Kelbs.

Team members: Renana Krebs, Karin Bakshi and Dr. Oded Krebs
Country: Israel
Company: Algalife