Biodegradable and carbon-negative raincoat

Fast Company

Elizabeth Segran

Photo: Jason Pietra; Stylist: Jessica Oshita at Halley Resources

"Some eco-friendly fashion brands have chosen to stop using plastic altogether or use recycled plastic. But Charlotte McCurdy, a research fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design, has developed a rather more radical solution: She’s developed a material that mimics plastic in almost every way, but is made from fast-growing algae. For her graduate thesis, she turned this material into a stunning, translucent raincoat that effectively withstands inclement weather. But unlike plastic, which is derived from carbon-intensive petroleum, algae is a renewable resource that consumes carbon from the atmosphere. As a result this raincoat is carbon-negative, which means that it actively combats climate change."


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