Circular Oceans explores circular design strategies promoting natural materials and ocean health.

The conceptual fashion project applies circular design strategies within an adaptable outfit. It translates the necessity for circular and healthy design by highlighting a material coming from the sea: Algae-based sequins telling the story of the oceans. 

The outfit is made up of two layers and a total of three garments – the base layer is made for longevity in a minimalistic, timeless design and high quality manufacture. After the first use cycle we foresee a re-dye and repair service with natural dyes to update the pieces and enable a second use phase. After the garments are no longer wanted or mendable they will become resources for new fibres through recycling. 

The second, embellished layer is fully biodegradable. Bio-based and biodegradable sequins made from algae are applied onto a translucent linen-silk blended fabric. The base outfit can be easily dressed up using this second layer, adapting to the users needs. We offer a re-embellishment service to repair and react to changing colour trends. At the end of use it can safely return to the biosphere and become new soil.


Project Partners:

Carolyn Raff Studioan_ocean_full_of_opportunities


photo credits:  © 2020, Natalie Brehmer 

model: Selma Waibel

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