What is SeaCell® Cashmere?
Its soft feel and temperature-stabilizing characteristics make cashmere a genuine feel-good product. Nonetheless, several years ago FTC Cashmere set itself an ambitious goal: to develop a cashmere product that not only incorporates the feel-good factor but that also has a soothing effect on the skin. One-and-a-half years of research by FTC Cashmere produced a unique blend of materials: SeaCell® cashmere.
This product combines high-quality cashmere raw material with specially processed brown algae. The algae is first dried and crushed, and then ground into a fine powder through a European patented process. Next, the fine algae powder is mixed with cellulose and processed into SeaCell® fibers.
The combination of animal wool and plant-based SeaCell® unites the luxurious wearing comfort of cashmere with the skin-friendly effect of the brown algae. The special material has a soothing effect on the skin: by wearing SeaCell® cashmere clothing, the skin’s natural moisture releases the active ingredient in the algae for a lasting beneficial effect.
The brown algae (Ascophyllum nodosum) in the SeaCell® fibers derives exclusively from the cold, pristine fjords of Iceland. The algae is rich in minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus), trace elements (especially iron and iodine), vitamins, and amino acids that they absorb from the geothermal water. One kilogram of dried algae contains the healing substances from over 100,000 liters of seawater.
As in all its activities, FTC Cashmere created SeaCell® cashmere with an eye to sustainability: the algae is harvested carefully and sustainably. Thus, every four years only a certain amount of algae is cut. The algae is deliberately harvested only above the so-called regenerative region, to ensure regrowth. The algae is untreated, and their valuable components remain within the SeaCell® fibers.