Nanollose and von Holzhausen Collaboration

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Nanollose and von Holzhausen Collaborate to Develop Biodegradable Vegan Leather

Materials companies Nanollose and von Holzhausen have signed a collaboration agreement to work on sustainable animal-free leather alternatives. Nanollose is an Australian biomaterials company developing sustainable fabrics, while US-based von Holzhausen produces vegan leather alternatives made from plant-derived and recycled fibres. As part of the collaboration, Nanollose will supply von Holzhausen with samples of treated microbial cellulose, which the latter company will test to determine its viability as a leather alternative. Von Holzhausen may then further process the material to improve its properties, with the ultimate goal of developing a commercially viable fabric. If the collaboration is successful, it will help Nanollose enter the fast-growing vegan leather sector. According to von Holzhausen, the biodegradable materials it has previously developed perform better than leather while having …


Adidas X AMSilk

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AMSilk, World’s First Industrial Supplier of Vegan Silk, Appoints Klaus Kjeldal to Upscale Operations

AMSilk, a leader in the production of innovative high-performance bio-based silk materials, based in Munich Germany, announces the appointment of Klaus Kjeldal as Chief Production Officer (CPO) and Managing Director (MD). Klaus was most recently Head of Operations Enzymes at BASF and has previously worked for Uniobio, Novozymes and Orkla Foods. Klaus brings his experience in global operations and an understanding of product development, purchasing, engineering, process improvements, internal logistics and contract manufacturing. Leading the bio silk industry across multiple applications AMSilk’s operations include cover silk fibres – high-performance textile solutions which are recyclable and 100% biodegradable, and Medtech – safe and biocompatible biotech materials. In May 2021 the company raised €29M in Series C funding led by Novo Growth, the growth equity arm of …


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PETA Survey on Vegan Interiors Reveals New Animal-Free Models From Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Renault and Citroën

More and more car brands are turning to plant-based alternatives such as vegan leather. PETA has now surveyed automakers from across Europe to find out which companies can meet the high demand for interiors without products of animal origin – including seats, trim and steering wheel. New models with vegan surfaces include the Mercedes-Benz Vito, Kia EV6, Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, Volvo C40 Recharge and Citroën C4, according to PETA’s latest survey. PETA is calling on well-known brands such as Volkswagen, BMW and Audi to also bring vegan finishes into production and clearly declare them. “The future belongs to innovative and vegan interiors in cars, there is no way around that,” says Harald Ullmann, 2nd chairman of PETA Germany. “PETA appeals to all car manufacturers …


Givenchy X Desserto

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Desserto Announces New Collabs With Major Brands Inc Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld and Everlane

Mexican startup Desserto, the cactus-based biomaterial alternative to animal skin, continues to expand and score wins in international markets. The fast-growing alt leather producer has announced a new collaboration with Givenchy Parfums, part of the LMVH group, with its first marbled liquid lip balm Couture Rose Perfecto in a vegan cactus-based case developed through a unique partnership between the two brands. Karl Lagerfeld, meanwhile, announces his second collaboration with sustainability ambassador Amber Valletta. The new collection includes a selection of ready-to-wear garments and exclusive accessories made from sustainable materials, such as organic cotton made without harmful chemicals, recycled fibres, as well as cactus-derived leather designed by Desserto. In the US, Everlane has also launched a special collection based on the popular cactus leather. According to …


NOIRANCA Brown Leather Handbag


Introducing NOIRANCA: Vegan Luxury Handbags That Outperform Animal-Based Leather

As the world of vegan leather and biomaterials continues to expand and flourish, there is ongoing debate as to whether these fabrics truly compare to animal leather in quality and how they impact the environment.   NOIRANCA is a new handbag and accessories brand determined to settle this controversy by bringing unrivaled excellence and eco-transparency to vegan leather. Encouraging consumers to “buy less and enjoy longer”, the brand uses PETA-approved fabric to craft luxury handbags it says are 40% more durable than conventional leather.  Uniqueness and empowerment Launched in 2021, NOIRANCA (a combination of the words “noir” and “bianca”) first debuted a handbag line in five styles inspired by iconic and powerful women such as Deborah Harry, Alice Neel, Grace Jones and Patti Smith. The company’s …


MycoWorks Raises $125 Million to Mass Produce Mushroom Leather


Next-Gen Material Investments Almost Double to $980M in 2021

A new report by Material Innovations has found that next-gen material investments surged to $980 million last year, up from $425.5 million in 2020. The State of the Industry report also found that the total number of companies in the industry has increased significantly in the past eight years, now standing at 95. Of these, 67 are working on leather alternatives, 12 on silk, seven on wool, six on down, and one on exotic skins. The variety of inputs used is also on the rise, with more companies developing mycelium and microbe-derived alternatives rather than plant-based. According to the report, $2.3 billion has been invested in the industry since 2015, with the market projected to be worth $2.2 billion by 2026. However, this figure is …


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Evrnu Reveals Breakthrough NuCycl Cotton That Could Replace Up to 90% of Textiles

Textile innovation company Evrnu has launched NuCycl r-lyocell, the world’s first high-performance, fully recyclable material made entirely from cotton waste. In what the company calls a “huge breakthrough” for the industry, Evrnu is sourcing discarded cotton to create better fibers that can replace up to 90% of common textile materials.  Through this technology, Evrnu says it is forging a pathway for tens of millions of tons of textile waste to re-enter the value chain each year.  Evrnu asserts NuCycl meets or exceeds the performance quality of virgin cellulosic and plastic-based textiles, including nylon and polyester. In addition to its strength and comfort properties, NuCycl can also be recycled up to 10 times. Changing manufacturing  Evrnu says it has modified traditional lyocell manufacturing methods to process …


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BLUEVIEW Launches Pacific Biodegradable Sneakers Made From Plant-Based Plastic

BLUEVIEW, a new sustainable footwear brand, today launched what it says is the world’s first-to-market fully biodegradable shoe. The brand’s first release, the BLUEVIEW Pacific sneaker, is constructed with innovative Soleic® and PlantKnitTM plant-based materials, and is available for pre-order on BLUEVIEW’s website at a price of $135. Committed to transitioning the world to bio-based materials, BLUEVIEW says the brand is revolutionizing the footwear industry by replacing petroleum plastics with plastics made sustainably from plants. Its shoes utilize only eco-conscious, vegan materials that provide exceptional comfort and durability. Two cutting-edge materials BLUEVIEW’s proprietary Soleic and PlantKnit materials required six years of research and development. Soleic is the world’s first high-quality, renewable and biodegradable polyurethane foam, and provides the shoes’ sole and cushioned arch support. PlantKnit, …


Eben Bayer, founder of Ecovative & MyForest Foods

Eben Bayer, founder of Ecovative & MyForest Foods. Image supplied

Eben Bayer: “Ecovative Has Engineered Mycelium Structures That Out-Perform Plastic, Leather, Even Meat”

It’s been a couple of years since we last spoke with Eben Bayer, and to say he has been busy since 2020 is quite the understatement. The founder and CEO of Ecovative Design and MyForestFoods Co. (previously known as Atlast) is inarguably one of the most active and prominent global players in the wonderful world of mycelium. Here are just a few of Bayer’s incredible achievements since the last Q&A with vegconomist: Nov 2020: Atlast Food Co launches its mushroom-based bacon alternative April 2021: Ecovative raises $60M in a Series D, for mycelium based packaging, alt leather, and bacon. April 2021:  Atlast Food Co secures $40 million from investors including Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition Ventures, bringing the total raise to $100M Jan 2022: The …


Polybion to expand bacterial cellulose facility

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Polybion Scales Up “World’s First” Bacterial Cellulose Facility After Raising $4.4M

Next-generation materials company Polybion, based in Spain and Mexico, announces today that it is to scale up production at its bacterial cellulose facility, which it claims is the first in the world. At full capacity, the carbon-neutral and solar-powered facility will be able to produce 1.1 million square feet per year of Polybion’s biotextile, Celium®. The material, which is an alternative to leather, is described as “designed with nature and manufactured with biology”. The news comes after the company raised $4.4 million in a Series A funding round led by Blue Horizon Ventures. Along with expanding its facility, Polybion will use the funding to increase R&D and deploy Celium into consumer goods. Next-generation materials A growing number of companies are working to meet consumer demand …


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Mushrooms and Regenerative Agriculture Top List of Natural Trends for 2022

US natural foods brokerage Presence has released its first annual report, with research conducted by SPINS, assessing major trends in the food, beverage, and wellness industries. Several of the report’s key insights are highlighted here.  Rise of regenerative agriculture According to the report, the popularity of regenerative farming has soared and will play a key role in shaping the future of agriculture. Business interest in regenerative agriculture has increased 138% since 2019, with this approach to farming gaining heavy favor during the pandemic.  As a term, regenerative agriculture refers to a movement that promotes ecological harmony and biodiversity while prioritizing soil health. Regenerative tactics such as no-till planting and the use of cover crops will help make agriculture more appealing to conscious consumers, who don’t …


AMSilk vegan spider silk

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AMSilk Vegan Silk Can Prevent Infections and Post-Op Complications, Says New Study 

A new study has demonstrated that AMSilk engineered vegan spider silk coatings have the potential to prevent inflammation and reduce post-operative complications of implants. AMSilk is one of the world’s first industrial suppliers of vegan silk biopolymers, with results showing the repellence properties of its coatings reduced microbial adherence up to 99.7%.  The study, published in the MRS Communications journal, was led by Professor Thomas Scheibel, Professor of Biomaterials and Head of the Department at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. His team tested the microbe repellence of AMSilk engineered spider silk coatings on a number of silicone implant materials against bacterial strains. The results proved the vegan spider silk coatings work by creating an anti-adhesive “bioshield” thus reducing the chance of infections considerably.  Headquartered in …


GlassWall Syndicate’s Macy Marriott and Material Innovations Initiative’s Elaine Siu Discuss New Collaboration

Macy Marriott of the GlassWall Syndicate and Elaine Siu of Material Innovations Initiative join Elysabeth Alfano on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss if Alt Materials will be as strong as Alt Protein in the marketplace. Hear about the latest investments and innovations in the next big sector. Specifically, they discuss, What is The GlassWall Syndicate and Materials Innovations Initiative and why are they working together? Will alt-materials track alt proteins? What materials are they seeing? Is it mostly in fashion and cosmetics? What kind of investing are they seeing in alt materials? What kind of interest do investors have? What are the consumer perceptions of alt materials? What are their predictions for the value of the alt materials market and who will be the big winners in the space? A …



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Portugal Bans ‘Vegan Leather’, Industry Insiders Speak Out

A ban on the term ‘vegan leather’ and other plant-based prefixes has been announced in Portugal. Alt leather companies now using prefixes such as ‘vegan’, ‘plant-based’, or ‘pineapple’ or even “synthetic” along with the word “leather” in their product marketing may face fines and criminal proceedings.  Portugal has a thriving fashion and textiles industry, with companies like B_Boheme producing sustainable shoes from vegan leather in the country. Founder Alicia Lai told vegconomist; “We have all heard the terms ‘vegan sausage’, ‘vegan chocolate’ and ‘vegan leather’. These terms are not aiming to mislead consumers but to show that there are no animal ingredients in the product, and these terms are very much accepted”. The new laws claim that terms such as ‘vegan leather’ are technically incorrect …


Modern Meadow's Bioleather1

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Study Shows Modern Meadow’s Bioleather1 Produces 80% Fewer Emissions Than Bovine Leather

A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment of Modern Meadow’s Bioleather1 material family has compared its environmental impact to that of conventional leather. The paper found that Bioleather1 produces 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than bovine leather and 20% fewer than PU-based synthetic leather alternatives. Additionally, the bio-based leather reduces blue water use, land use, and eutrophication by 95% compared to conventional leather. However, Bioleather1 has a slightly greater ecosystem impact than PU-based alternatives as its production requires agricultural resources. Bioleather1 Bioleather1 is made using Modern Meadow’s Bio-Alloy™ technology, which is a blend of plant-based protein and bio-based polymer. This blend is functional enough to be used in applications such as footwear and accessories, though Bioleather1 is currently still in the prototype stage. Bio-based vegan leather While …