# 2017



Sneakers made algae, designed to be sustainable

AlgiKicks is a revolutionary, sustainable sneaker design derived from biomaterials. The shoes are made from a rapidly renewable kelp-based material developed by AlgiKnit, a biomaterials research group based in New York City. This material is produced from rapidly renewing biopolymers, mainly derived from kelp, one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet. It can be manufactured with minimal waste and rapidly degrades after the product has finished its useful lifetime, providing a sustainable alternative to conventional sneakers, which can take up to 1000 years to decompose

Aaron Nesser

  • Aaron Nesser
    Pratt Institute

    Aaron Nesser uses design to build more sustainable products and systems. He works at the intersection of design, sustainability, and biology and spent half a decade working in sustainability before moving to complete his Masters of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. He has exhibited internationally, and speaks publicly about biology’s role in sustainable design. He is a co-founder of wearable-tech startup Remo Haptics and founding member of AlgiKnit, a bio-materials research group, where he is developing textiles made from rapidly renewable biopolymers.more

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