In California, Bolt Threads launched their new “Mylo Driver Bag” which is made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms, and is the world’s first commercially available product made from Mylo.
The unisex tote is available online now and is a modern take on leather without using animals. The material, mylo, looks and feels just like leather. Ecovative pioneered this mycelium fabrication technology, which literally grew out of their work in creating soft flexible foams.
Mylo is created by combining mycelium cells with a substrate of corn stalks and nutrients. Over 10 days the cells grow into the substrate, creating an interconnected mass that can be made into almost any size. The result is a material that looks and feels remarkably like animal leather. Yet Mylo can be produced in days versus years, without the material waste of using animal hides or the toxic chemicals used in producing synthetic leathers.