Textile is a large and polluting industry. Especially synthetic dyes are a threat to our health and environment because of the dangerous chemicals that they often contain. Zeefier believes seaweed is an answer to this problem since it doesn’t require fresh water, agricultural land, or chemicals to grow. It purifies CO2 and produces oxygen. Different industries understood this potential and have started to use this beautiful material, for example in food and cosmetics. This results in large amounts of waste streams or by-products, a great source of raw material for Zeefier, who turn this ‘waste’ into beautiful and rich textile colors.
Designer and artivist Nienke Hoogvliet has worked on the perfect recipe for artisanal and circular textile dyes from seaweed for the last 8 years. Her dream has always been to radically change the textile industry. That’s why she joined forces with Anne Boermans and together they established the company Zeefier. They are continuously working with a team of experts on upscaling the processes to make them available to the entire industry.