What will Mycelium in the Textile Industry be like in 5 years?

Not 5 years, NOW, there is an update!

In this post:
Acceptance by consumers? eco-fashion apps,
Mycelium in the Textile Industry?, …. Mycelium leather?,
Bio-Leather retailer – examples,
The Vegan Leather business is already in a “waste rush”,
The 3rd largest industrial polluter?
…at the bottom other posts & MycoComposite Material Suppliers

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Some considerTextile the 3rd largest industrial polluter today.*

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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

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

Fungi in fashion: Mushrooms, feathers combined in biodegradable shoes

Mycelium in the Textile Industry

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

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

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

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

The sustainable alternative
MYOMY do goods is the 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. These products have been tested and deserve an absolute 10 or close to it!

Mylo™ Driver Bag
by Bolt Threads

Sustainable – Ethical >>> Vegan

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


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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

>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
“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.

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

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Additional posts, you can take a look at – about Mycelium:
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 – 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

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