Zeefier < Zee (sea) – fier (proud) < Ζέφυρος [Zéphyros]
Zephyr(os) was one of the Anemoi, the worshipped wind gods in ancient Greek religion and myths. As the Greek god of the west wind, Zephyr was known as the gentlest of winds, the one with a silk touch. It was a prosperous wind, necessary to reach your destination. In ancient Greece, they often called upon Zephyr for a safe journey. Homer even referenced the west wind in The Odyssey, the epic poem about Odysseus’ journey after the Trojan War. The keeper of the winds gave Odysseus a leather bag containing all the winds but the prosperous west wind, which was needed for his safe return to Ithaca.
Phonetically, Zephyr is pronounced in Dutch sound as ‘zee’ and ‘fier’, meaning ‘sea’ and ‘proud’. Being a Dutch initiative, Zeefier is proud of all the beauty the waters of the Netherlands have to offer. The purpose of Zeefier is to raise awareness on sustainability in the textile industry by proposing
seaweed as a viable resource. It will be a long journey, but one worth taking. Seaweed can, therefore, be considered as the essential west wind on the road to a more durable textile industry.