27 Feb '18, 10pm

Seaweed Sneakers Look Fly, Could Help Save the Environment

Would you wear sneakers made from kelp? What if they looked as stylish as any other shoe, and could help reduce the massive impact of the textile industry? A new textile component called bioyarn could be behind your next environmentally friendly shoes, and seaweed is its secret. The material, developed by the startup Algiknit, is robust enough to be used in footwear, doesn’t dissolve in water, and can even by dyed. AlgiKnit’s pitch is simple: it’s a bad idea to produce trainers that people might wear out in two years, but won’t biodegrade for decades or even centuries. They call this concept “just-in-time degradability.” The fashion industry is known to have a massive impact on the environment, and the materials used to make shoes are particularly troublesome. For example, raising cattle for their leather produces a high amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and current cott...

Full article: https://futurism.com/seaweed-sneakers-save-environment/

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