SeaChange’s own estimated support needed to scale.
Through a powerful jet engine that plugs directly into existing production systems, SeaChange wants to eliminate wastewater at its source to improve the environmental footprint of the fashion industry.
The fashion industry dictates every season’s ‘it colors’. But in order to achieve that perfect forest-green shade, the fabric has to go through a not-so-green dyeing process. Textile dyeing causes large volumes of greenhouse gases and pollutes water, turning it into a thick, toxic sludge, which is hard to handle and harmful to people and planet alike.
To prevent this, SeaChange has patented a sustainable approach to water purification. In short, the system uses a jet turbine to turn the toxins into a manageable dry powder which can be reused, while the water is transformed into clean water vapor. Through this process, SeaChange has found a way to eliminate water pollution at its source and thereby significantly reduce the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.
There is rapidly growing awareness of the negative impact that fashion has had on our planet, but large-scale change and innovation to address the problems is yet to happen. The time to lead is now, to introduce technologies that can be scaled throughout the global supply chain and create incredible value.Dipak Mahato, Founder and CEO of SeaChange Technologies
Impact Potential BY ACCENTURE
Reduction of 470,000 metric tons of
CO2 emissions annually in 2030
Comparable to the total life-cycle
impact in CO2 emissions of 68 million
Improved living surroundings
due to less local pollution
The planet positive impact potential is estimated by Accenture with the purpose of demonstrating how SeaChange has the potential to create multi-dimensional value when scaling.
The high-level estimation is based on SeaChange’s potential to scale and its output in 2030 (~100 dyehouses). SeaChange has an estimated impact of reducing 470,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year in 2030, which is comparable to the total lifecycle impact in CO2 emissions of 68 million cotton t-shirts.
The solution enables less pollution and access to water without residue sludge, which also greatly improves the lives and health of local communities and people living in the proximity of dyehouses.
More on Accenture’s Impact Potential.
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The team consists of Dipak Mahato, Meredith Metz, Randall Marcuson and James Eide – together combining 20+ years of experience in R&D leadership and IP strategy, as well as a special operations command in the US Army and operational management at a non-profit organization.
- Winner (with partners Circ, Fiber Industries, and Lululemon), US Department of Energy REMADE Institute Grant, for Zero-Waste Recycling of Blended PET Fiber to Transform Polymer Sourcing (2021)
- Winner, H&M Foundation Global Change Award, Zero Sludge (2020)
- Finalist, EMA Future Innovator of the Year Challenge (2019)
- Scaling Programme, Fashion For Good (2018)
- NC IDEA Grant Winner, SXSW Eco Water Startup Winner, Cherokee-McDonough Challenge Winner, Shell Technology Ventures, University of Texas Startup Energy Institute Startup Competition (2016-2017)
See the start-up presentations for more information.