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Mylo, a sustainable leather

Most synthetic leathers available in the market are made from petroleum-derived inputs and have a polyurethane or PVC coating. On the other hand, animal based leather has also the worst environmental impact of all materials used. So, both the synthetic and animal leathers come with many of the same environmental problem.

Figure 1: Mylo or Mushroom leather is a more environment friendly future for fashion.

Mylo or Mushroom leather is a more environment friendly future for fashion. In a word, Mylo is the nature based alternative to leather. As the world is craving for sustainable fashion concept, Mylo introduces itself as a renewable, sustainable alternative to leather.

Mylo produces in the lab from mycelium. Mycelium is the root like structure of mushroom and in lab condition the growth of mycelium is making best. Sawdust and other organic matters are mixed with mycelium for better growth.

Thus an interconnected network is formed from spawn. After growing billions of cells and forming an interconnected lattice they are harvested. The leftover by-products are composed. Then the resulting latticework transformed into a soft, supple material that looks, feels and performs like leather.

And thus we get the sheets of Mylo material which are crafted and stitched for shoe, leather bag and other various purposes.

Figure 2: Mylo is the nature based alternative to leather.

The concept of Mushroom-based leather alternatives are nothing new and the demand of Mylo is leading in the market. In 2020, the big brands likes of Adidas, Stella McCartney, Lululemon and Gucci’s parent company Kering teamed up to invest in the novel material called Mylo.

Very recently, Denmark’s GANNI has launched a range of saddlebags and wallets made with mushroom leather. The launch is part of GANNI’s commitment to phase out virgin animal leather by 2023.

Previously, GANNI had struggled to find a leather alternative that was plastic-free and did not compromise on quality. But following rigorous testing, the company has determined that Mylo meets its standards for performance and durability.

Mylo was created by the bioengineering company, Bolt Threads. It’s a Californian-based company with the mission to develop better materials for a better world. Bolt Threads first debuted the sustainably-produced textile to the world in 2018. Mylo is being produced through indoor vertical farming facilities in both Europe and the United States.

Figure 3: Mylo introduces itself as a renewable, sustainable alternative to leather.

Bangladesh has also various opportunity to work in this sustainable option for leather. Unique aesthetic expression, supple material that bends and folds gracefully etc. are special qualities of this sustainable standard for leather. Though the first prices are cost more in market but regular scales up of demand will turn down the cost in future.

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