Who Is Tidal Vision?
Tidal Vision is an Alaskan company that has invented two new technologies to produce sustainable textiles and products from up-cycled ocean byproducts. Around 2 billion pounds of seafood industry byproduct are thrown away each year in Alaska alone. By developing new ways to upcycle ocean byproducts, Tidal Vision’s new technologies add value to sustainable fisheries while reducing waste.
According to the company’s founder and CEO, Craig Kasberg, “We believe that sustainability should not be a compromise, so we are making sustainable fishing advantageous economically, environmentally and socially with the processes and sources Tidal Vision uses.”
Tidal Vision’s naturally tanned and sustainably harvested Alaska salmon leather will launch on Kickstarter on May 27th. Their proprietary tanning formula has been perfected over 25 years, and now for the first time, combines the same durability with environmentally friendly ingredients in the process. The company will be using the Kickstarter crowdfunding website as an opportunity to pre-sell their new products and get them in consumer’s hands, as well as a means to fund the startup.
“We know consumers value sustainability, but they value quality and affordability just as much. We have built the foundation of this company on meeting all of those requirements. This is really an exciting time for the ocean product industry in Alaska. We are really encouraged by the strong support we have already received for this new model,” says Kasberg.
Following the aquatic leather launch, Tidal Vision will be making their first Chitoskin™ textiles and products available this fall. Chitoskin™ textiles for apparel and performance wear are naturally odorless because they contain chitosan. Chitosan is a material in crab and shrimp shells that naturally inhibits odor and is also 100% biocompatible. Tidal Vision’s team invented a new method of extracting chitosan which does not release harsh chemicals into aqueous systems, but also produces chitosan with a higher tensile strength than what is currently produced. Having a higher tensile strength opens up many possibilities for chitosan to be used in new ways.