Not 5 Years! >>>> Only 2 years and already we have at least 3 functioning Mycelium Leather suppliers gearing up to scale – NOW!
In this post:
What Is Vegan Leather?,
Designers are getting on board!
Mycelium Leathers for the 2020 Fashion industry:
Reishi by MycoWorks,
Bolt Threads’ Mylo
Mylea™ by MYCL Mycotech Lab
…a list at the bottom of other posts about Mycelium
above table from: Leather-like material biofabrication using fungi
September, 2020 – The trend towards plant-based vegan leather is growing.
Vegan Leather vs. Real Leather
Natural Materials: Pineapple, Apple Skin, Cork, Mushrooms – MycoWorks, Bolt Threads, MYCL Mycotech Lab and others, are all using mycelium to make an alternative leather; quicker & planet Earth Harmonious.
16 September, 2020 NYT…Dr. Alexander Bismarck, a materials scientist at the University of Vienna, who along with his colleagues published a study last week in Nature Sustainability has said the potential for custom materials is huge because different kinds of fungus have different properties, such as toughness and water resistance, and there are potentially millions of species to choose from.
… Fungal leather products might soon pop up everywhere, like mushrooms after a rain. The question is whether consumers will feel the magic.
After all, if you regret those fungal leather pants you buy in the future, can you just throw them out in the yard and let them become compost?
“You can throw it in your garden. Maybe it takes two years but it will decompose,”
said Antoni Gandia, a fungi specialist who works as a scientific consultant with companies developing fungi-based materials. It may be dyed, softened, embossed or imprinted with patterns and produced in sizes as much as 30 sq. toes (2.5 sq. meters), based on that paper published in September within the scientific journal Nature Sustainability co-authored by Gandia.
Designers are getting on board – SUSTAINABLE!
Fall/ Winter 2020-2021 Fashion Trends: Fall 2020 Runway Trends
from https://glowsly.com/ by Maya Adivi
#1. Sustainable Stand Outs of Fall/ Winter 2020-21
Sustainability shouldn’t be a trend. …
I want to give a quick nod to the eco-friendly statements and practices that different designers and labels showcased on the fall/ winter 2020 runways.
Marine Serre; every year she puts the environment at the front and center of her shows. According to an interview with Vogue, more than 50% of her collection was upcycled, making a statement about wildfires.
The message Collina Strada wants to put out is the kinds of changes people can make in their lives; shop locally and grow your own food. …Her collection “Garden Ho,” is mostly made out of upcycled dead stock.
Repurposed, recycled, and upcycled materials were also a big part of what we saw at Marni, Atlein, and Gabriela Hearst. Galliano introduced the “Recicla” label at Maison Margiela, where some of the pieces on the runways were items found in charity shops.
Mycelium Leathers for the Fashion industry
These Trail Blazers are all at different stages of development.
the new product:
made with reishi
Feb 25, 2020 – Reishi by MycoWorks is an entirely new option for leather made from the company’s Fine Mycelium™ technology. A proprietary woven cellular microstructure which emulates the collagen structure in animal leathers, Reishi Fine Mycelium provides brands with the same performance, quality and aesthetics as leather, without the use of animals or plastic’s harmful impact on the environment. Furthermore, Reishi’s customizability opens up avenues for product design that are not possible with animal hides.
MycoWorks, has announced $17 million in Series A financing raised during 2019 to deliver Reishi to the market. DCVC Bio led the round, with major participation from Novo Holdings and 8VC, as well as Future Tech Labs, AgFunder, Susa Ventures, Cthulhu Ventures, and Wireframe Ventures.
“MycoWorks meets the aspirations of luxury leather and meets the criteria for the new green economy. Large global brands are lining up to bring Reishi products to market.” – Kiersten Stead, Managing Partner at DCVC Bio
A website for the new product line – https://www.madewithreishi.com/
Why Reishi is just what the fashion industry needs
“If plant-based leather sounds too good to be true, Reishi will make you feel optimistic,” says Emily Farra, Vogue’s Senior Fashion News Writer. In her exclusive story to mark the launch of Reishi™, Farra explains why sustainability is a big theme for Fall 2020, and why she believes that Reishi is the material that fashion brands have been waiting for.
“It’s hard to find any downside with Reishi, which is rare when it comes to sustainable materials or innovations.” – Emily Farra, Vogue.com
Read the full story on Vogue.com.
Béatrice tested Reishi™ with traditional leather-working techniques including skiving, pricking, hand-stitching and edge painting, using the same traditional French hand tools that she uses with leather. With minimal adaptation, she was able to achieve a pristine finish:
“The edging and finishing that we do is a very classic edge finish, achieved through a seven step process,” explains Béatrice, “To work with a new material like this and not have any problems with these techniques was a big surprise.”
“Overall, the material reacted really well to heat, glue, dye and the beeswax finish that we use.”
the new product:
A surprising group of fashion rivals … are joining forces to back Mylo
2 October, 2020 NYT– …. Bolt Threads, a start-up that specializes in developing “next-generation fibers inspired by nature”, is one of a growing number of companies convinced that [mycelium] is a viable replacement — in both form and function — for animal-sourced and synthetic skins.
In 2018, Bolt Threads began producing limited-edition products made from Mylo, a material made from mycelium. Now they are preparing to bring that technology to the world, thanks to an unconventional consortium of backers (and rivals) from across the fashion spectrum.
.. [like most industries] No single company could bring a material like Mylo to scale, said Dan Widmaier, Bolt Threads’ CEO, as it will need a new supply chain built from the ground up and experts (biology, product development, sustainability — and now fashion design)…
…This week, executives from [these rival companies] Adidas, Lululemon, Kering and Stella McCartney said they would partner with Bolt Threads on Mylo, collectively investing in its ongoing development and production operations in exchange for access to hundreds of millions of square feet of the material. Mylo-made products, from Adidas sneakers to Stella McCartney accessories, will go on sale in 2021. …
… James Carnes, vice president of global strategy at Adidas, said … “We need to change the competitive aspect of this part of the industry,” he said, noting that he believed working with competitor brands would only become more commonplace in the future. “We can be competitive in areas such as design and creativity, and not in areas like cutting our impact on the planet when there is still no single silver bullet to the climate crisis,” he said.
Mylo will soon be a working website: https://www.mylo-unleather.com/
What are the benefits of MyloTM?
MyloTM is made using vegan inputs, minimizing its environmental impact.
MyloTM is remarkably leather-like, but no animals are used in making it.
MyloTM grows in a matter of weeks, compared to animal hides which take years to grow.
MyloTM is designed to be as sustainable as it can be at every stage of its lifecycle. Because we carefully control its environment, we can direct the mycelium’s growth and control the final material’s properties including thickness, shape, and more.
MyloTM has a soft, supple, warm feel.
It’s durable and abrasion-resistant.
from MYCL Mycotech Lab, Indonesia
We grow materials for sustainable life
Mycelium is growing in the biomaterial world and we are joining hands to explore the possibilities.
MYCL Mycotech Lab, now is collaborating with a number of companies in the shoes, accessories, Watch Straps, furniture and construction supply industries.
Mylea’s Complete Specs
MYCOTECH [MYCL] IN KICKSTARTER another successful campaign
Let’s not forget Ecovative Design!
Ecovative continues to grow our knowledge of Mycelium in Industry.
100% PURE MYCELIUM
– “disposable=biodegradable” instead of plastics in the beauty industry by providing a bio-based alternative. Our MycoFlex™ foam applies makeup with a velvet-soft surface and can be composted after use. Hypoallergenic
– Sustainable foam with superior properties compared to traditional petroleum-based. We help the apparel industry embrace biofabrication.
All of these from MycoFlex™ technology and more!
One of the biggest challenges with fungi-derived leather is making a uniform “mat” with consistent thickness, appearance and color, according to the Nature Sustainability paper. It’s also necessary to balance durability with biodegradability.
…While he doesn’t expect to launch a product for another 12 to 18 months, Maurizio Montalti co-founder of the company Mogu, Italy is ambitious for the future. It will one day be possible to grow items of clothing or accessories [shaped] directly from the fungi, he said, and not just sell sheets of fungi-derived fabric.
Gandia agreed. He foresees a scenario where “you can grow a leather jacket that can be thicker on the shoulders where it’s worn more.”
“It’s a material of its own.”
Mycelium is on the way
a major contribution to the textile industry
Style that’s sustainable.
Millions of new suppliers are needed.
Due to pandemic recovery, many many areas of the fashion and textile industry are changing. Recycled garments are on the 2020 fashion runways. Fast Fashion is going to dwindle or be replaced by textiles that decompose as we watch. Whole new suppliers, young companies with new ideas are soon to be in demand to fill the needs of these changes……. again……………..
The financial industry is climbing on board…. willing to consider and fund these changes…..Look! If you want to understand this in Circular Opportunity terms. Think about it this way…..
“In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could.”Rudiger Dornbusch
Mark Carney, the present UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance to prepare for COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. He was governor of the Bank of England 2013-2020.
I want to start with a broader lesson from crises.
Every crisis calls into question aspects of how we value and what we value as a society. That’s because crises normally have some form of mis-valuation at their heart. …
… The COVID crisis in part reflects years of undervaluing resilience despite ample and varied warnings of this risk. In fact, the annual advanced preparation costs for this [pandemic] would have been less [expensive] than one day’s lost economic output this year…
…What’s happened with past financial crises is that after the horse has left the barn, if you will, we’ve then improved – and I’m going to be tortured by my analogy – we [have improved] the barn after the fact.
We won’t get an after-the-fact with the climate crisis. We have to improve reporting in advance….
… I used the example of BP earlier. There is not a taxonomy that would put BP or any energy company in the green – any large energy company – in the green camp. But a company that’s moving from brown to beige to olive to green is central to the transition. And we need tools in order to do that.
So that is part of what we will be working through. …
… there are many lessons from past crises. We often feel that crises are unique circumstances. [ COVID 19 ] This is not unique. But this is very large. And it brings a social reset in my view alongside necessary economic adjustments. We have an opportunity to shift the economy to have a whole economy transition, turning an existential risk into what is, in my view, probably the greatest commercial opportunity of our time, and one that puts people and planet first.
Additional posts, you can take a look at – about Mycelium:
Mycelium R&D Projects
Mycelium in Fashion Marketing – One Approach
May 2019 Mycelium in Industry update: Construction, Packaging, Textile, Furniture, +
June 2019 Mycelium Composites? Hands-on – How to do it yourself
October 2019 Mycotecture? more-Mycelium in Construction
March 2020 “Mycelium in Industry” Where else can you get information, help, assistance?
March 2020 Mycelium in Construction?…some tangible progress
October 2020 Mycelium Is IN Textile/Fashion – 2020
….all of which can be the foundation of thousands of Local Future Businesses
Mycelium in Industry – Ancient and New
NOT Textile, but……………..
Suppliers of Mycelium Composite Material, around the world:
>Mr. Russell Whittam, www.aussimushroomsupplies.com.au,
I’ve done lots of work with universities the last few years; supplying them with substrate and how to make their own materiel, etc. as well.
I’ve got a new product coming out about mid-2020 – for making things – just add water, spawn and mold the material. Then let it grow. Contact him at: [email protected]
>Grown.bio – has a license agreement with Ecovative Design.
their new MycoComposite™ kits consist of only LIVING mushroom material and are supplied to the EU countries. Possible also for geographical Europe, but customs clearances must be taken care of by the person making the order.
Grown.bio is now supplying the Mycelium Composite ™ material to insulate buildings. They have insulated class rooms in an Amsterdam school building and in a house in a village near Rotterdam. Scroll down to Building & Architecture products here. They have supplied the MycoComposite™ to many of the projects taking place in Europe, recently, that have been mentioned in my posts. Grown.bio sells other things made from MycoComposite™.
Ecovative is speaking to several potential parties about opening a Mushroom Packaging operation in India. It’s too early for names, but they hope to have a partner qualified by the end of next year.
>MYCL, Mycotech Lab has an internship program. It makes a lot of sense to get some controlled experience with mycelium. MYCOTECH Lab produces and sells, mycelium board composite panels BIOBO, and supplied the labor and material for the MycoTree project.
> Bio Fab NZ a new company/website that Ecovative has lincensed in New Zealand.
> The Magical Mushroom Company a new company/website in the UK. (Ecovative)
>Grow-It-Yourself Kits for MycoComposite™ are now available direct from Ecovative’s Grow.bio. Here you will find all instructions, learning, and purchasing information. Grow.bio, however, only ships the MycoComposite™ material within North America.
>Ecovative Design has transferred all their Mushroom Packaging production equipment to a facility 4x bigger at Paradise Packaging Co. The new company and new website offer you more information about the mushroom packaging material and how it works. As always, the company is also happy to discuss licensing.
>The Mushroom Guru, Ash Gordon, that assisted Ms. Katy Ayers with her Myconoe, would be happy to “help people grow mycelium and mushrooms in any capacity“. Nebraska Mushroom LLC, [email protected]
>>>more places around planet Earth:
From Ecovative: “We are finalizing licenses that will soon bring MycoComposite™ to Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe. Ecovative receives dozens of licensing inquiries a week. We are establishing licenses to serve markets around the world, in order to reduce cost and carbon footprint when shipping material. A license is in the works for Australia. If you don’t see your location listed now, you can be sure Mushroom® Packaging will be available in your region, soon. Contact Ecovative to get specifics.