Planet regenerating fibres
Ponda is a biomaterials company developing novel textiles from truly regenerative fibres. We connect the regeneration of some of our most precious ecosystems to the production of responsible materials for the textile industry. We believe in empowering fashion brands to weave regeneration into the clothes we wear.
Lightweight, warm, and naturally water repellent. BioPuff® is cruelty-free and traceable all the way from plant-to-puffer.
BioPuff® is an insulation designed to keep you warm whilst regenerating some of our most precious ecosystems. This next-generation insulation, which reduces reliance on feather and synthetic fillers, is created by extracting fibres from plants that aid in wetland regeneration.
This innovative material is lightweight. BioPuff®’s low-density makes it suitable to insulate a variety of garments.
This biomaterial has been tested and benchmarked against established synthetic, animal-based, and plant-based fibre fills. BioPuff® is one of the warmest fill-to-weight ratios on the market.
BioPuff®, as the name suggests, is a puffy material. The fibres cluster structure generates insulating air pockets, referred to as 'loft.' Its high loft allows you to achieve a wide range of silhouettes in your garment designs!"
Ponda's biomaterials will lead to a net-reduction in carbon emissions, create sanctuaries for biodiverse ecosystems, build climate resilience, and protect farmers livelihoods.
By replacing your current jacket filling with BioPuff® you could...
Regenerate 10 mt2 of land.
And abate 40kg of CO2
Our materials regenerate wetlands.
What is Paludiculture?
Paludiculture ("marsh-farming") is the practice of farming on wetlands, such as rewetted peatlands, bogs and fens. Peatlands are naturally some of the oldest and most healing environments on our planet. They sequester and store 3-5% more carbon than any other terrestrial land or forest.
Regenerating wetlands with Typha Latifolia: A sustainable solution that sequesters carbon, supports biodiversity, and sustains farmers' livelihoods.
Ponda partners with farmers and conservation groups to regenerate carbon-emitting wetlands by cultivating typha latifolia, a plant well suited for rebuilding damaged wetland environments. Typha is an ideal, low-maintenance crop which is grown using a process called paludiculture. Some of the many benefits of typha are that it can grow quickly (sequestering lots of carbon), create habitats (uplifting biodiversity) whilst also providing a high-quality fibre for textile production. This new form of regenerative design enables us to begin having the impact we need whilst ensuring continuity of farmers’ livelihoods.
Globally, 40% of all plants and animals live and breed in wetlands (IUCN, 2020). By re-wetting peatlands and wetlands, we can create spaces that protect and enhance biodiversity, from migratory birds to insects and even snakes!
We create and nurture natural wetland environments that sequester and store large amounts of carbon. By combining direct and negative emissions, including the conversion of residue to biochar and changes in land use, our approach results in a significant -42.76 kg CO2e for every 1 kg of BioPuff®. This means our product stores more carbon than it emits, aligning our actions with the regeneration of the planet!
The land area used to produce BioPuff® is only 0.002 ha per kg, compared to 0.067 ha of goose down (IDFB Report, 2019). On the other hand, Typha latifolia's water purification and plant growth control, as seen in the Terrestrial Eutrophication Indicator at 3570 mol N-eq, indicate the potential of BioPuff® for mitigating eutrophication through the use of bulrushes.
Re-wetting lands offers a range of benefits for farmers, including increased resilience, higher income, and a stacked revenue model. This sustainable practice represents a resilient and sustainable landscape for social, economic, and environmental interests.
We believe that progress is powered by partnerships. Whether you're an industry pioneer, an enthusiastic collaborator, or someone with a burning question, we're eager to hear from you.