Julia Hope


Blue and green pigments extracted from spirulina for textile application.

Bachelor of Design with Honours

Textile colouration is one of the most damaging aspects of the fashion and textile industries. Through both scientific experimentation and textile processes, I am investigating how microalgae pigments can be used as a natural colourant resource. In 2050 when sea levels, CO2 emissions and water pollution has increased, microalgae will overpopulate our rivers, lakes and coastlines. This overpopulation, or better known as Harmful Algae Blooms, is detrimental to all aquatic ecosystems. These Blooms block out the sunlight that other life underwater requires for survival. When this occurs we will have to remove some microalgae to preserve the aquatic ecosystems that we depend on. So my question is: how can we use this waste product of climate change to prevent further damage caused by the textile industry?
Block 12 Level D