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New Interdisciplinary Approaches: Global Change Awards - AlgaeFabrics

Tjeerd Veenhoven has invented a technology through which vegan leather can be made from algae. Tjeerd’s technology extracts cellulose from the cell walls and immerses it in a liquid that enables the fibres to stick together in straight lines.

Another advantage of algae is that no land is required to grow it, and it obviously doesn’t need to be watered with fresh water. During 2017 the team focussed on determining the quality and type of the cellulose in different algae, together with collaborative partners in the Netherlands and Germany.

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New Interdisciplinary Approaches: Global Change Awards - AlgaeFabrics

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