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Monday, 22 February 2021 10:41

Fashion made from seaweed fibre hopes for green takeoff

Fashion from seaweed fibre is behind an environmental entrepreneur's campaign to offset one gigaton of C02 by 2030 and counter the plastic microfibres shed into the environment from clothing.

inland seas Bladderwrack Seaweed that will be used to make the fibre for Inland Seas latest clothing range copyInland Sea is the brainchild of keen surfer and outdoor enthusiast, Adam Costello. He opened the business in 2017, after being concerned about the amount of plastic pollution in UK cities, that would eventually end up in the sea.

After learning of the benefits of seaweed as a mass absorber of C02 and how fibre can be created from the substance, Adam, this year launched a Kickstarter. Called 'Does my carbon footprint look big in this', it has an initial target of £13,444. Pledges can be made from as little as £10 with rewards including early bird and 'design your own' t-shirts, and even include an exclusive seaweed farm tour.

The seaweed is seeded onto and grown on a rope. An understandable perception might exist that the Bladderwrack seaweed is harvested from its natural seashore rocky habitat, but this is not the case: It is only harvested from rope lines that have been specifically planted as 'seaweed farms' and so the natural ecosystem is left alone.

Adam explains: "Seaweed is a realistic solution to the climate crisis, and we want to bring this to the government's attention – as a viable answer for helping to tackle the climate emergency.

"The average person in the UK produces 12kgs of CO2 per day. By establishing seaweed farms here, we can offset huge amounts of carbon - around 4000Kg of CO2 could be absorbed per day, per seaweed farm. That's the equivalent of saving the emissions omitted from four return flights from London to New York."

Adam points out that seaweed grows at an incredible rate, especially compared to trees, which means it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere quickly. He claims that per acre, it can absorb up to 20 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than forests.

inland seas Adam Costello Inland Sea Founder wearing the brands Act Now t-shirt design copyAdam added: "Our dream is to help extract a gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2030 and to create a circular economic process, where we can use the seaweed from the farms we invest in, to create the fibre for our t-shirts and at the same time contribute to solving the climate crisis."

Not yet sourced from UK waters, the fundraising campaign will allow Inland Sea to work with the producers of the patented material, SeaCell™MT. Manufactured using Bladderwrack, a type of seaweed commonly found in Atlantic oceans, the fibre is made using environmentally friendly technology - the production process generates energy and recovers key parts of the raw materials, by embedding the seaweed firmly within a natural fibre. This ensures the positive properties of the seaweed are permanently preserved, even after multiple washes.

To ensure a fully green manufacturing process, Inland Sea is working with Utenos Trikotažas, the world's first and only clothing producer to be certified by Greenpeace.

Adam concludes: "As well as our own line of garments, we plan to work alongside other independent ethical clothing brands to create and sell their own clothing ranges using seaweed fibre. It is one of the greenest materials ever made – and is 100% biodegradable. By collaborating with retailers across the country, we can lead the way with sustainably-produced fashion."

To find out more about the Kickstarter, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamcostello/does-my-carbon-footprint-look-big-in-this

To learn more about Inland Sea, visit: www.inlandsea.co.uk