Nanollose Limited and von Holzhausen sign microbial cellulose materials pact


In Australia, biomaterials startup Nanollose Limited is collaborating with California leather alternative firm von Holzhausen. Under the terms of the agreement, Nanollose will provide von Holzhausen  with samples of treated and processed microbial cellulose in various forms for testing as potential alternatives to leather or other materials, either in their initial state or after further processing by von Holzhausen. 

If the collaboration is successful in developing commercially viable project materials, Nanollose and von Holzhausen will proceed to a supply agreement and jointly commercialize the product.

“Microbial cellulose is not only vegan, but also natural and biodegradable, making it an ideal component for sustainable vegan materials,” Nanollose executive chairman Wayne Best says in a press statement. “Nanollose’s expertise in microbial cellulose combined with von Holzhausen’s expertise and track record in developing and commercializing vegan leathers makes this an exciting opportunity.” 

According to the companies, the market for vegan leather is expected to reach nearly $90 billion by 2025.