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Growing seaweed
doesn't require fresh
water, agricultural
land or chemicals.
Photo: Richie Rocket
Sourcing from the sea
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Natural seaweed dyes work best with
natural fibers, such as cotton and silk.
Photo: Zeefier
extile dyeing is a large and
polluting industry. Synthetic dyes
are a threat to the environment
because of the dangerous chemicals
that they often contain. One company,
the Netherlands-based startup
Zeefier, is taking a natural approach to
changing that. Dutch designer Nienke
Hoogvliet teamed up with entrepreneur
Anne Boermans to launch Zeefier, a
brand that will offer natural textile
dyes made entirely from seaweed.
Natural dyes made from plant
matter, such as bloodroot, marigolds,
fennel, and carrots, among others,
have long been used throughout
history to color fabric.
Zeefier researches and produces
A sample of seaweed-dyed wool.
Photo: Zeefier
natural dyes made from seaweed
for the textile industry. Growing and
harvesting seaweed doesn't require
fresh water, agricultural land, or
chemicals to grow. Moreover, it purifies
CO2 and produces oxygen. Zeefier
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is working on the process to make
seaweed-based dyes and textiles
successful and commercially viable.
Hoogvliet has spent the past eight
years researching how to create
different color dyes using various
types of seaweed.
But, as with any startup, especially
one with such lofty goals, there are
bumps in the road. For one thing,
the natural dyes don't seem to
work well with anything but natural
materials such as cotton, silk and
wool. Seaweed-based dyes also have
a somewhat limited color pallet. There
are, of course, greens and browns, but
there are also oranges, purples and
pinks. Despite the existence of red
seaweed, red dye has proven to be a bit
problematic so far. But with more than
12,000 species of seaweed to explore,
the company hopes to solve those
problems as well.

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