The geniuses at Bolt Threads have done it again.
First they launched Microsilk™, a biosynthetic spider silk that ended up in museums and in the hands of some top luxury designers, and now they’re pushing the boundaries even further by offering the world’s first commercially available product made from Mylo™, a leather-like material grown from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. As Bolt Threads states, “Animal leather is so 1st century.”
Here I am with the Mylo™ Puzzle Pouch
$150 will get you The Mylo Puzzle Pouch, which the Bolt Projects team designed to fit neatly inside the functional Mylo Driver tote.
So here’s how to get a piece of incredible fashion history: preorder the bag (or pouch or keychain fob) here. I got my nerdy, vegan-fashion-technology-obsessed hands on a Puzzle Pouch, and it has a warm, supple touch unlike any other vegan leather out there! You’ve got to feel this for yourself.
So what’s the deal with Mylo™ mycelium leather? While animal skin requires years, massive amounts of resources and cruelty to produce - Mylo™ is biodegradable, nontoxic, and unlike making animal leather, the process of making Mylo™ doesn’t involve raising and sacrificing livestock, or any of the associated greenhouse gases or material wastes. Livestock use an astonishing 30% of the earth’s entire land surface and cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, than all transportation methods. And unlike current leather-alternatives, there are no plastics involved.