Modern textiles manufacturing consumes huge amounts of freshwater, emits massive quantities of CO2 and produces enough waste to fill a garbage truck every second. 

SaltyCo uses saline agriculture techniques to grow fibre-bearing plants that can thrive in seawater, enabling the production of the first ‘freshwater-free’ natural fibre textiles. This project will evaluate and benchmark the physical properties of the new fibres, and prototype new filling materials for insulated clothing such as jackets and coats, providing a vegan and petroleum-free alternative to down or polyester.

Innovative Materials for Planet-Positive Textiles

A model wears a beige-coloured insulated jacket over a blue sports crop top
Image: SaltyCo