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Algae Apparel

Most people know algae as something the clings along the legs when swimming in a murky lake. Turns out, algae have much more to give than that. It can actually be your next fashion find.

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

The innovation in a nutshell

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

Let us explain

Conventional fabric production causes a range of 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.

The team behind Algaeing has solved both these issues in a brilliant way, by looking under the sea to find an untapped resource in algae.

This green and winding plant 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 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.

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

“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 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."
Renana Kelbs