Piping Hot partners with UTS to launch textile made from seaweed

Irene Dong

Irene Dong


Australian surf brand Piping Hot has collaborated with scientists from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), to develop sustainable fibre sourced from seaweed.

This is part of the brand’s commission to clean the ocean and “this innovation could transform the global polyester industry”, according to Piping Hot.

“As part of Piping Hot’s mission to defend the oceans, our purpose-led investment into marine biotechnology and material science is of vital importance,” said Stan Wan, CEO and MD at Piping Hot Australia.

“Together we intend to impact change though marine science and transform the industry’s reliance on fossil fuels,” he said.

Starting this month, scientists from the University of Technology Sydney will create a prototype textile, based on Piping Hot’s requirement to meet the aim of protecting oceans for the next generations. The eco-friendly textile will reduce the carbon from the ocean and the environmental impact of synthetic fibres.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Piping Hot on this exciting research project,” said professor Peter Ralph, director, of UTS’ Climate Change Cluster.

“We are equally committed to a more sustainable future for our planet, and the development of sustainably sourced materials is crucial to achieving that goal,” he said. “Developing new nature-derived alternatives for the fashion and textile industries has the potential to revolutionise products and their impact on the oceans.”

Piping Hot has offered a full range of fashion, footwear and accessories for Australian families since 1975. The company targets to protect the oceans with transparency, circularity and recycled materials.

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Irene Dong

Irene Dong

Irene Dong is a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology with a major in international relations, specialising in public relations, communications, and media. An aspiring writer she has a passion for fashion, sustainability, and languages.