nat-2™ x Daniel Elkayam

nat-2™ x Daniel Elkayam

Algae Line ™

As a continuation of SEAmpathy Project, the collaboration of nat-2™ and Daniel Elkayam is a way of expression of biophilic values, that seeks to create deeper connections and relations between man and nature. By these values we have created a sneaker line of 100% vegan and eco-friendly shoes with algae pattern.

SEAmpathy as a project, and as an approach, believes that we can harness nature in our favor without harming it. The project uses this vision of a better world, that man works together with nature, and by creating algae-based biomaterials, propose a whole new world of opportunities that are sustainable, ecological and innovative.

The curiosity of how far this material can go, and the desire to examine the wide variety of implementations it could fit, have led me to create a collaboration with Sebastian Thies (Munich born, *1981), 6th generation footwear designer since 1856 that has launched the sustainable luxury brand nat-2™ in 2007. Ever since award-winning nat-2™ is all about innovation, design, and sustainability paving the way for the future fashion footwear by using unique, uncommon materials such as milk, fish leather, natural felt, recycled leather and many vegan luxury alternative materials such as stone, wood, corn, cork, glass, fungus, coffee, grass, flowers, natural rubber

The Algae sneakers attempt to generate a perceptual change in the way that we act with our nature, by using bio sheets that made of dead algae picked from nature, and give them a new life cycle as a daily fashion item.

Other materials used in the 100% vegan sneakers are recycled pre-consumer PET bottles, reflective glass, real cork insoles, nat-2™ signature bioceramic lining ­and real 100% natural Lactae Hevea ® rubber outsoles. The sneakers are handmade in Italy

The sheets uses different algae types that collected from nature, and algae powders that cooked together and poured into molds to dry up. The sheets are hand made and consist a variety of algae textures and colors that stimulate our senses.
The sheets can be reused by repeating of the cooking process and recasting it or to return it back to nature for biodegradation.
The shoes are fully hand made in Italy, using regional and local vegan materials such as real cork insole, real rubber outsoles, vegan leather, glass, and cruelty-free glue.

This first step of industrialization of the bio sheets together with using 100% vegan materials stands for a potential change in our consuming habits and a reduction of our footprint in this world in our time.


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