July 8, 2019
AlgiKnit‘s kelp-derived materials are rapidly renewable, can be farmed in cold coastal waters around the world and actually improve marine habitats by locking away carbon and cutting out the use of fertilizers and pesticides. The finished materials are durable and practical, just like traditional fabrics, but degrade quickly when sent to composting facilities.
June 28, 2019
Other sustainable options from the natural world include US shoe start-up Allbirds, which last year used the pulp from eucalyptus trees to create its Tree Runners line. Meanwhile Brooklyn-based AlgiKnit headed to the seas, using kelp — a type of seaweed — to create sustainable yarn for use as footwear, accessories and interiors.
June 25, 2019
Tessa Callaghan cofounder and director of innovations at AlgiKnit, which specializes in creating durable yet rapidly degradable yarns, has been approached by a significant number of brands looking for sustainable bio-based textile alternatives.Focused on a closed loop product lifecycle, the New York-based company uses materials with a markedly lower environmental footprint than conventional textiles such as kelp-derived yarns.
November 16, 2018
NYC biomaterials company spins bio-derived yarn from kelp. Addressing the overabundance of everlasting plastics, AlgiKnit is creating the next generation of sustainable wearable materials, produced within a closed-loop life cycle.
To create an alternative to conventional textiles, AlgiKnit spins yarn from a combination of algae and plant biopolymers, primarily including kelp, one of the fastest growing organisms on earth.
November 16, 2018
Plastic is a design failure that needs to be replaced – so what comes next? In the run-up to Biofabricate 2018 we’re catching up with some of the people and companies at the forefront of the Material Revolution. This week, we reached out to Aleks Gosiewski to learn more about how AlgiKnit are growing biodegradable yarn from a sustainable ocean material: kelp.
Aleks and her colleagues Aaron and Tessa will be speaking more about their work at Biofabricate 2018, alongside Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch, Biofabricate’s Suzanne Lee and other key leaders in the field.
September 13, 2018
The American (New York) start-up AlgiKnit won EUR 100,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. During the final, 26-year-old Tessa Callaghan impressed the international jury with her environmentally-friendly 'seaweed textile', a kelp (a type of seaweed) which is spun into yarn.
June 20, 2018
Climate change affects everyone – and the textile industry is not immune. Biomaterials research group AlgiKnit, is doing its bit for the environment by aiming to create a biomaterial alternative that serves as a replacement for everyday, man-made textiles such as polyester. Their goal is to keep fashion products from filling landfills and causing microplastic pollution.
June 15, 2018
Bethencourt references Algiknit, a seed-stage biomaterials company, funded by SOSV that integrates science and design into textile production. The company wants to push the fashion industry into the circular economy with compostable, durable, kelp-driven yarns.
May 15, 2018
AlgiKnit represents a new model for materials innovation that creates an avenue of business opportunity for next generation (ocean) farmers while literally growing the products of the future.
March 26, 2018
New York-based AlgiKnit is a biomaterials research company that has developed a compostable yarn from readily abundant biopolymers that can be formed into wearable textiles.
March 24, 2018
Algiknit started its journey with the company’s CIO, Tessa Callaghan, her CEO Aaron Nesser, Aleksandra Gosiewski, Asta Skocir and Theanne Schiros. They joined together to compete in the BioDesign Challenge led by program director Dan Grushkin.
February 27, 2018
The fashion industry has an enormous impact on our environment. Biodegradable textiles are designed to address the problem - these shoes made from kelp are one example.
February 27, 2018
The company is taking kelp and turning it into "bioyarn" that can be woven together to make products. Use of the biodegradable yard could potentially reduce microplastic pollution and reduce landfill waste made from fabrics that don't easily degrade, like polyester.
February 22, 2018
AlgiKnit’s goal is to keep fashion products out of landfill and reduce microplastic pollution by creating a sustainable alternative to manmade textiles like polyester. The team has produced a rapidly renewing biodegradable yarn that might just do the job... and it's made from kelp.
December 19, 2017
Kelp, yeast, and sequestered methane gas are on the forefront of the move to create environmentally friendly clothing.
October 23, 2017
Kelp grows faster than almost any organism on earth, including bamboo. So why aren't we harvesting it rather than harder-to-replace resources like trees, which are cut down en masse to create fabrics like rayon and viscose? If AlgiKnit has its way, we may soon make the switch.
September 27, 2017
As climate change rises higher on the list of pressing topics the world needs to address, the fashion industry is not excluded from the conversation. More and more startups are using sustainability as their mission, trying to promote passion for the future of the planet—in addition to striving for sartorial success.
September 18, 2017
From biodegradable clothes to vision for the developing world, these are the projects NatGeo thinks are solving our most pressing global issues.
September 18, 2017
A compostable fabric made from kelp. A portable eyeglass-making kit. A solar-powered device for processing millet, a staple food in sub-Saharan Africa.
These are the winning ideas announced this week in National Geographic's CHASING GENIUS challenge, along with a People's Choice winner who uses data to help small farmers in India.
May 22, 2017
You see, plenty of products, especially shoes, wear out quicker than their material makeup which can go on to last for thousands of years. Designed with this in mind, AlgiKicks are revolutionary sustainable sneakers that can be reabsorbed back into the environment almost as fast as it was made.