To produce just one kilogram of cotton, 20,000 liters of fresh water are needed. Or in other words: The water needed to make a cotton sock is what a person needs to drink for three years. A real luxury that as climate change progresses, it will become even more expensive. Faced with this scenario, a group of students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art have been looking for a revolutionary alternative: tissues made from plants grown in seawater.

At the moment, and to protect the intellectual property of the project, the name of the plant or alga that can grow in seawater has not yet been made public, but the experiments of this team have made it possible to present three types. of material: woven fabric, non-woven fabric and a technical padding for outerwear. In addition, the researchers involved say that this new material could be used in all areas of textiles, including decoration and hospitality.

The project is advanced enough that students have created a start-up called SaltyCo to showcase and later market this new material.