Clothing brands are joining forces to bring this revolutionary mushroom leather bio-material to scale by investing significant amounts of money in a startup specializing in its development.
Brands like Stella McCartney, Adidas and Lululemon are some of the most notable brands who have recently announced plans to bring mushroom leather into their products as soon as next year. The brands are partnering with a startup called Bolt Threads, an expert in making the special material. Two years ago, Bolt Threads started developing the vegan leather-like material, called “Mylo”, using a special kind of fiber derived from mycelium – the thread-like roots of mushrooms. Now, thanks to the unconventional consortium of rival fashion brands, the startup is preparing to bring its technology to the world.
“We had to convince these industry competitors that this was about tackling a bigger challenge together than any of them could solve alone,” Bolt CEO Dan Widmaier told the Times.
With the fashion industry being one of the most polluting industries in the world, Bolt is hoping to offset some of this environmental impact by growing its material from mycelium. “The truth is, this industry remains an environmental ticking time bomb and is full of outdated technologies,” he added.
To produce Mylo, Bolt grows the mycelium over a bed of sawdust for ten days. The final product is then tanned, dyed, and finished just like leather – but in a process that’s way more faster and greener than traditional leather production.
Bolt Threads hope that more big brands will join and turn its innovative material into a great alternative for the good of the planet. We can expect mylo-made products from Adidas and Stella McCartney to hit the stores as soon as 2021.