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I have been developing two unique textiles that I plan on kickstarting products out of in the next year. Both are derived from byproducts of the fishing industry, and I am going to domestically produce all aspects in the USA.
My inspiration is seeing the extra challenges and costs that come with managing fisheries sustainably here in Alaska - in comparison to those not managed to protect against overfishing, use habitat damaging fishing methods, and are not making an effort to minimize pollution.
I wanted to come up with a way to use the byproducts (as much as 50% of certain seafood species), to add value to those managed sustainably, and through branding bring awareness to the issues our ocean faces.
One of the textiles is salmon leather - Which I plan on manufacturing wallets, belts, etc out of. I have been testing different ways of tanning wild salmon leather, and have a formula that yields a product as strong or stronger than cow leather for the thickness (it is thinner).
The other is a textile similar to cotton in feel and durability, it is a blend of Chitosan and *secret*. Chitosan is a fiber in crab and shrimp shells, that has many unique qualities, such as easy on the skin, and does not absorb odor.
My marketing angles are made in USA and eco-friendly - since I am upcycling byproducts from 3rd party certified sustainable fisheries. I do not have prototypes yet, I have just finished perfecting the two textiles.
I am curious for salmon leather, would a wallet or belt be more interesting to the SF crowd?
I know that it would depend on the style of each, but assuming you like the wallet and the belt, which would you be more likely to order?
For chitosan blend apparel, would you be more interested in boxer briefs, socks, or a T-shirt/undershirt?
The reason I am leaning towards these is it does not absorb odor...
To anyone who answers, thank you so much! Just getting these textiles ready for production as been a process! My background is not at all in marketing, and I am really appreciative of any feedback.
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