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You have black the color of the outfit certainly has advantages; it’s timeless, never too flashy, and no one remembers that you had the same shirt last week. What is really not known is that most of the black pigment comes from carbon black, which is generated by the partial combustion of heavy petroleum. Like Fast company Notes that the production of carbon black is not good for the planet and that pigment can even be carcinogenic if scientific research This Published by the World Health Organization are right.

Are your tendencies to use the shade so much that it is greater than the dark effects? To understand that most people aren’t going to give color, British clothing brand Vollebak has partnered with U.S. biomaterials company Living Ink to createAlgae black shirt”, which, as the name implies, is dyed with a much friendlier algae ink. The plus is that algae absorb carbon and pump oxygen back into the atmosphere during photosynthesis.


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There is abundance algae in the world, and is often grown as an animal raw material – like the California algae farm that has established the ink base. When removed from the water, a black component appears that can be dried and crushed to form a pigment. Growing the body with just water, sunlight and carbon dioxide only takes a few days, CEO Steve Tidball said. Fast company.

Thanks with an abundant supply of algae, black algae could be used as an alternative to carbon black on a scale, and Vollebak hopes the fashion industry would eventually move to reduce carbon emissions. “You should use it on a mass scale to store a lot of carbon, so in this project we’re most interested in a proof of concept,” Tidball clarified.

The T-shirt itself is biodegradable and built from eucalyptus, beech and spruce from responsibly managed forests; put it in the soil and it will break down in 12 weeks.

In addition, the algae ink used has been treated to be UV-resistant, which ensures that the color does not fade. The garments are then washed with a mango-based fabric softener for extreme comfort.

Only a few thousand Algae black shirts ($ 110 each) will be available when they are released on the 5th. August, but it is hoped that other brands will reach their own versions. Clothing is part of Vollebak’s ongoing mission to challenge the fashion industry in positive ways with unique designs.


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[via Fast Company, images via Vollebak]

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