The Aussie surfing brand Piping Hot and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have entered into a partnership to develop a sustainable fiber made from seaweed in an effort to reduce the impact of synthetic materials on the environment.
Piping Hot Australia said it had commissioned this innovative biomaterials research as a vital investment in its mission for clean oceans.
UTS climate scientists will build a prototype fiber developed in response to Piping Hot’s ambition to protect oceans for future generations. The bio-based solution will sequester carbon from the sea and reduce the environmental impact of synthetic fibers.
According to UTS, this Australian innovation could transform the global polyester industry.
Peter Ralph, senior professor and director at UTS Climate Change Cluster Distinguished Professor, told Digital Nation Australia that seaweed is a sustainable source of chemical building blocks that can be used to make synthetic fibers.
“Seaweed is a very versatile biomass that can be used to replace many fossil-derived compounds that are used in everyday products, apart from fibers. “These fibers (and therefore garments) will have fewer fossil-derived components and will therefore help to decarbonise the fashion industry,” he said.
Stan Wan, CEO and Managing Director of Piping Hot Australia said: “It is an honor and privilege to be in partnership with Leading Professor Peter Ralph and his team at the UTS Climate Change Cluster. As part of Piping Hot’s mission to defend the oceans., our purposeful investment in marine biotechnology and materials science is crucial.
“Together with UTS, we intend to influence and influence change through marine science and transform the industry’s dependence on fossil fuels.”
Ralph said: “The UTS Climate Change Cluster and Piping Hot are equally committed to a more sustainable future for our planet, and the development of sustainable materials is essential to achieve that goal.
“The development of new nature-derived alternatives for the fashion and textile industry has the potential to revolutionize products and their impact on the oceans.”