The growing trend for sustainable and plant-based fabrics has led to a more diverse selection of materials than ever before. Innovative producers are out to create the most desirable material with multiple benefits for the wearer.
A seaweed-based material is quietly emerging in the apparel materials and textile industries with appealing promises about its environmental credentials, quality, and health benefits. So, should we believe all we hear about this fascinating new fabric, or could it be the future for sustainable clothing?
The seaweed undergoes a natural drying process before being chopped and added to the cellulose. The cellulose is processed in a closed-loop system, which means that chemicals are not released into the environment, but instead reused and the process is said to be pretty energy-efficient. 100% plant-based fabrics with standard Seaweed fibers and no additional nanosilver are biodegradable.
The careful drying and non-chemical processing of Seaweed allow the material to retain its nutrients. Therefore, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E, and plenty of antioxidants are locked inside the fibers. Wearers should then gain the benefits as the seaweed makes contact with the skin, which is facilitated through moisture on the skin so that the nutrients are absorbed topically. This boost of Vitamin E should help nourish tired skin while the antioxidants fight free radicals and slow down the aging process.
The blend of Seaweed and something like cotton creates a shirt or bedding that is more lightweight and breathable, providing more long-term comfort, especially during hotter months. This is why we will develop seaweed fiber bedding.