“We created our own material made from marine litter”

What if I tell you that my new creation isn't about what is visible ?

Invisible artwork

It was during lockdown, while spending more time in his hometown, that Eugène Riconneaus became more conscious of the wave of litter in the ocean and its resurfacing upon the beaches. This new awareness ignited ER’s vision towards a renewed purpose in product development. Its footwear is influenced by invisible (materials) and not just design. Riconneaus states “In my mind, the new creativity of tomorrow is about what isn’t visible.”

Purpose example

Imagine getting the right to reproduce a Rodin sculpture but replacing bronze with ocean plastic. Generations over generations will cherish the material.

Auteur(s): Auguste RODIN
Titre: torse d’Adèle
Date de création: 1882
Matériaux: 38kg of marine litter
Dimensions: H.: 13,3 cm; L.: 44,5 cm; P.: 19 cm

© Agence photographique du musée Rodin - Pauline Hisbacq

Deadshell made by Eugene's dad (fisherman)

Ocean pollution

Sea based activities represent 50% of the ocean pollution. "I see this material as ready-made to give an opportunity to others and to drive actions for the ocean. The idea is to create a demand that appreciates and cherishes marine litter products: from fishnets plastics to oyster farms’ waste and toxic algae.”

Innovation patent

We created our own material made from marine litter. Turning his creative studio into a laboratory, switching his colour search into material research, Eugène Riconneaus focused on the invisible elements that could be used in the fashion, art and furnitures design sector. Reimagining the potential of items such as fishnets, seaweed and seafood waste.