What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Not 5 years, Today!, there is an update!

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Mycelium in the Textile Industry

1:27 minutes – – Replacement leather created by MycoWorks, composed of mushroom

Some considerTextile the 3rd largest industrial polluter today.*

38 seconds – MycoTEX Global Change Award 2018

Alternative Textiles?

While many people are trying to figure out what to do with the piles and piles of wasted textile, both before and after production, 2017 saw many more retailers trying to find ways to change their habits, for example, their demand for NO-animal leather.  The rise in demand has started. 

Acceptance by consumers?

There is a large and growing consumer demand for vegan lifestyle choices, with more concern for animal welfare.   A number of APPs for buying and recycling clothes have become very popular. Fashion is entering a brave new world. 

Mycelium in the Textile Industry?

The number of innovative bio-alternatives is growing, also for animal skins. There are lots of them.  Not just using Mushroom.  It depends upon what agriculture waste / by-products are abundant in your region.  As fungus is found almost all over the world…it is a good one to try.

Apparently, everyone is so sure that there will be some big waste-rushes in this industry, everyone is writing patents.  I have found no quick “DIY” sites on the web.  One and another DIY , but not about mycelium.  If you know of a good one, please bring it to my attention.

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Dutch textile designer Aniela Hoitink has created a dress using disc-shaped pieces of mushroom mycelium, which she believes will “change the way we use textiles”.
“The garment can be built three-dimensionally and shaped while being made, fitting the wearer’s wishes,” said Hoitink. “This allows growth of just the right amount of needed material, eliminating waste during the making process.”

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Fungi in fashion: Mushrooms, feathers combined in biodegradable shoes

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

We are glad to announce that Mogu.bio has been awarded a supporting grant by Wear Sustain, for further R&D of MOGU Leather
materials and products. 

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

The Myco Design Lab of the international art foundation Mediamatic, based in Amsterdam, links the worlds of industry and art.   Artist Caroline de Roy has explored mycelium’s transparency aspect and network-structures.

Mycelium leather?

The Mycelium leather process does not use toxic chemicals, and is entirely biodegradable.  The result is a very soft material that is thick, strong and can be imprinted with various textures.  It is durable and can be mended easily. It is skin-friendly and, sometimes, doesn’t even need sewing. And, again, totally compostable.

You may have heard of Mushkin or Vegan Leather and MycoWorks, that developed leather grown from mushroom? Now other companies (Bolt Threads, with Ecovative) have also developed a Mycelium-material and are promoting their own version of a mushroom based bio-leather – Mylo.  The process allows the manufacturer total control over how the fibers develop.  It is possible to modify the density and the amount of compression, among other things, during the production process.  This is a very versatile method of making leather type products. One of its most noteworthy features is that it only requires days to form, unlike animal leather, which takes years.

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Mylo and MycoWorks bio-leathers maintain the drape and feel of real leather.  They are totally bio-materials which are grown in a small space; without the impact of large numbers of cattle.   They also can be dyed with tea, among others, which has long been a natural dying agent with strong tannin content.  Where ever there is fungus and mushrooms it is possible to grow bio-leather.

Mylo suceeded on Kickstarter!  <<< Take a Look!

Prototypes made with Mylo: 

The Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Bag

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Stella McCartney – a Fashion name synonymous with “cruelty-free”.  The Falabella bag is a product showcaseing the label’s commitment to ethical beauty and luxury.  This handbag will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned from Nature exhibit in London until 27 January 2019.

My Paper Bag Vegan Style – by www.myomydogoods.com 

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

A sustainable alternative, back in 2018
MYOMY do goods WAS a Dutch fashion brand that has taken sustainability and design as its starting point.  In addition to her fair trade leather bag collections and recycled felt bags, she has taken the big step towards a very special and natural design this year.  Made from mushrooms, the material looks, feels and smells like leather. The dye for this version is green tea.

- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Mylo™ Driver Bag
by Bolt Threads

Sustainable – Ethical >Vegan >>>for sure Mycelium in the Textile Industry

Consumers are demanding sustainable and ethical products.   If you are about to start a retail business, it’s worth considering products that are vegan-friendly.  If you consider producing bio-materials, getting vegan certified from the Vegan Society (UK) or Vegan Action (US) can help set your brand apart from those that are merely greenwashing.  The plant-based revolution is here.  Make sure you don’t get left behind.  –  Katrina Fox is the founder of VeganBusinessMedia.com

Veganism has gone mainstream, and with it, the demand for vegan clothing has gone skywards. Add to that the devastating impacts of the modern leather industry and it’s easy to see why cruelty-free companies have developed a loyal following.

Bio-Leather retailer – examples

eco-textiles- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

From the start, Matt&Nat committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in our designs.  Each season, we continue to explore new ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork.  Since 2007, we only use linings made of 100% recycled plastic bottles.  Even bicycle tires are in our collections.
However, it appears that Matt & Nat could improve their score on transparency. The brand says it prefers to use the less harmful PU over PVC “where possible”. However, it’s not clear exactly how much PVC they use. They do not clearly list the materials used in each product. They could also provide more information about how they address their impact on the environment. Still, they are another example of a sure start.

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Kristel Peters is SHOE DESIGNER – we consult, design and develop in order to create a bridge between explored bio & natural materials and emerging technologies to direct sustainability for human & nature.  ‘Growing Shoes’, shows the results of experiments in Mycelium to see how mushroom shoes can be shaped into solid and hollow models.

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

nat-2™ x Zvnder vegan sneaker line made from real fungus | fomes fomentarius!  The material is developed and delivered by designer Nina Fabert from Berlin of Zvnder.  Next to the fungus leather there are bio-textiles and a coating used for the production.

Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

Zvnder – The re-newable raw material is harvested and processed in Romania.  This spongy like leather has a marbled, velvety surface.  The exceptionally soft feel is difficult to compare to other textiles.  It is light in weight and has an insulating effect, is strong, absorbing with antiseptic properties.

The Vegan Leather business is already in the “waste rush”!

vegan textiles- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

“your dream vegan shoes”, from Mink shoes may not use Mycelium leather, but their business has grown.
Katrina Fox wrote in Forbes: “to get a sense of how far Mink shoes and the vegan shoe market have come, in 2006 the company sold 740 pairs of shoes for $75,000 gross profit on sales of $168,000.  A decade later in 2018, they have sold over 10,000 pairs of shoes, so far, with a projected gross profit of $1.6 million and sales forecast of $3.5 million.”

- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

TUK Footwear – Introducing an all new PETA-approved vegan collection featuring our new TUKskin™ material that is the result of significant advancements in material science over recent years.  Its’ softness provides flexibility, while breathability ensures all day comfort.  Allowing us to offer quality shoes without the use of any animal based components and all of the functionality of traditional leather:

vegan textitles- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?

>Soft & breathable man-man Vegan material
>High-quality – polishable
>Easily cleaned with mild soap & water
>PETA – Approved Vegan Footwear

*The 3rd largest industrial polluter?

*For one thing, the manufacture of clothing is a very wasteful process, anyway. On average, 15% of all textiles are “waste” when producing clothes.  That is 15% waste at every stage, from fibre to finished garment.  This is pre-consumer waste, long before it gets to the retail store.  Most consumers do not even know about this hidden waste.  Around 60 billion metres of textile ends up on the factory floor, sent to landfills.  Polyester and other synthetic materials are strong and do not decompose readily, while wool emits methane.  Right now, taking apart a garment is so labor-intensive that it rarely happens.
Mycelium in the Textile Industry- What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like?
“Zero-waste fashion design” poses an interesting design challenge to eliminating waste.  For example by designing-out material waste in the garment right from the beginning.

Even retailers are saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  Major retailers are beginning to look for reuse/re-coup solutions. Can Mycelium in the Textile Industry solve some of these problems?

Climate News
From: The Telegraph
………………..Published:  18 June 2018
Shoppers offered cash for old unwanted John Lewis clothes even if they are damaged

Climate News
From: iNews
………………..Published:  13 January 2019
Vegan clothes are set to go mainstream in 2019 – here’s how ethical fashion became cool

40 seconds – Growing Shoes by Kristel Peters

Mycelium in the Textile Industry

Suppliers of Mycelium materials

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]

>>>>Egypt: mycelium material This start-up team has patented their own myco-composite material using mushroom strains found in Egypt. They have started to sell bowls, pots and to offer Mycelium packaging. We offer different products in construction such as insulation panels and open to supplying packaging as protective packaging for those seeking eco-friendly alternatives. We are also open to other creative projects using mycelium material. Visit our website: https://mycellium.co/

>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™.

Finally! >Roha.bio At Roha we develop Mycelium bio-composite based protective packaging that can replace Styrofoam using agricultural residue and mushroom mycelium, we do this by collaborating with farmers and self-help groups in the villages, boosting their income.
On other hand we collaborate with startups and brands in consumer electronics space , design and develop protective packaging for their needs. Roha.bio

>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.

>Fungitech Mushroom farm waste is always a big problem for mushroom growers all around the world. In our site, we fully utilise this farm waste to make 100% chemical-free and biodegradable mycelium biomaterial. Currently, we mainly supply this green biomaterial for packaging purpose. This patent pending innovative technology is able to solve mushroom farm waste problem and provide a greener life style to our mother Earth.

>>>>The Netherlandsfor Large orders in the EU Mycelium Materials Europe (in short
MME) started in 2018. We grow sustainable mycelium materials based on mushroom technology. We produce two types of organic materials in our own mushroom farm: MyFoam® (pure mycelium foam) and HedelComposite Hedelcomposite is composed of sterilized residual sawdust and inoculated with mycelium. Ready to use. Grow your own biodegradable mycelium objects with Hedelcomposite in just one week!  Maximum of 10 bags (300L) per order. 

>>>>New Zealand
> Bio Fab NZ a new company that Ecovative has licensed in New Zealand. “Lesley, We currently work within Australasia so can only ship within New Zealand and Australia. We are looking at having a large scale plant open early to mid 2021 and aim to set up one in Australia soon after. We are planning on selling Grow-it-yourself kits, but not until our plant is up and running.” says James from [email protected]

> The Magical Mushroom Company a new company/website in the UK. (Ecovative License)..The Magical Mushroom Company is the UK’s first-ever production plant manufacturing mycelium-based packaging. Founded by three friends wanting to make a difference.

>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 LLC has transferred all their Mushroom Packaging production equipment to a facility 4x bigger at Paradise Packaging Co which is now handled under the general website: https://mushroompackaging.com. The new company and new website offer you more information about the mushroom packaging material and how it works.

>>>more places around planet Earth?
From Ecovative Design LLC (“Ecovative”):
>You can place order for MycoComposite Material from Ecovative’s bulk order for mycelium spawn & substrate. Here you will find all sorts of different options not just bulk orders.
>If you are interested in building a business in MycoComposite technology, Ecovative is now handling partnership discussions from here: https://mushroompackaging.com/pages/licensing-form Licensing with Ecovative allows the partner to explore alternate substrates, techniques, and products.
If you are in Europe, check out the Ecovative European “Open Patent Program” for Composite Materials
>For other issues Contact Ecovative Here

All my Mycelium posts

Additional posts, about Mycelium in Industry:
….all of which starts here:
Mycelium in Industry – Ancient and New

Construction industry,
Packaging industry,
Textile industry,
Furniture industry
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 – Do it yourself
October 2019 Mycotecture? more-Mycelium in Construction
March 2020 “Mycelium in Industry” Where else can you get information?
March 2020 Mycelium in Construction?…some tangible progress
October 2020 Mycelium Is IN Textile/Fashion – 2020
December 2020 MycoProteins – Mushrooms To Meat?
February 2021 Construction, Mycelium, Industry..Wait A Minute
September 2021 Mycelium Momentum; World Is Waking Up.
January 2022 Myco-Remediation – Decompose And Remedy
July 2023 Mycelium Packaging – How To Make It A Business In 2023

How to join the Circular Economy and other eco-concerns of small business owners are the motive for my blog. Tell me what you are looking for. Maybe I can help you find it.

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