AlgiKnit Inc. is a biomaterials company integrating science and design into textile production. Addressing the ecological damage caused by the fashion industry, AlgiKnit is creating durable yet rapidly degradable yarns.
We aim to operate in a closed loop product lifecycle, utilizing materials with a significantly lower environmental footprint than conventional textiles, to bring sustainable bio-based textile alternatives to the footwear and apparel industries.
Co-Founder & Director of Innovations
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & Director of Operations
Lead Fiber and Polymer Scientist
Fiber and Polymer Scientist
Co-Founding Scientific Advisor
Co-Founding Technical Advisor
Ray W. Miller
What is Kelp?
Kelp is a type of seaweed or macroalgae, that is grown globally in cold coastal waters primarily in the northern hemisphere.
How is kelp sustainable?
Kelp is one of the fastest growing, most rapidly replenishing organisms on earth
Grown in the ocean, so it doesn’t rely on harmful fertilizers and pesticides
Does not use arable land nor fresh water for drinking or irrigation
Efficiently sequesters carbon/CO2 while filtering surrounding water
Farming kelp rebuilds economic and ecological communities affected by overfishing and pollution by providing a new income source and improving marine habitats
Where can AlgiKnit’s yarn be used?
AlgiKnit’s yarns are directed toward use in the fashion industry, in particular within the fields of footwear, accessories, interiors, and garments.
Will the yarn fall apart while being worn?
While worn, our materials are durable and practical, only degrading when exposed to humid, fungi rich environments found in composting facilities for a prolonged period of time.
Selected Awards & Recognitions:
$2.2M seed investment lead by Horizons Ventures - 2018
Post Code Lottery Green Challenge Finalist, €100,000 Prize - 2018
Disrupt 100, Ranked #21 - 2018
LVMH Innovation Award Finalist - 2018
Plug & Play Fashion for Good Accelerator Participant - 2018
Rebel Bio Accelerator Participant, $100k SOSV pre-seed investment - 2018
National Geographic Chasing Genius Winner - 2017
AATCC Grant Recipient - 2016