Instead of being produced, this biomaterial or composite is grown. Mycelium is the vegetative portion of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching hyphae and a hollow, tubular structure that serves as the binding matrix and promotes rapid growth.
A network of hyphae or fungal filaments is called a mycelium. Although mycelia frequently flourish underground, they can also develop in other environments like decaying tree trunks. A mycelium can grow from a single spore. A mycelium can produce the fruiting bodies of fungus, such as mushrooms.
Mycelium-based bio-composites can provide a renewable and biodegradable substitute for materials used in building construction. These biomaterials are produced as a result of the regulated environmental growth of mycelium, the fibrous root systems of fungi, on organic substrates.
The Global Mycelium Biomaterials market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
Ecovative, a manufacturer of mycelium materials, has introduced Forager to create soft goods and mushroom leather products. The newly established division is an expert in fungi-based foams and skins for the apparel and automotive industries.
covative, pioneers in the rapidly expanding mycelium materials business, today introduced Forager, a division dedicated to developing, marketing, and producing plastic-free, vegan leather-like foams and materials for the apparel and automotive sectors.
Forager Hides and Forager Foams are formed from mycelium, the filamentous ‘root structure’ of fungi, not from animals or petroleum.
These pure mycelium materials, which are grown on agricultural waste items like maize husks, are completely biodegradable and compostable at home without the need of plastic or fibre additions.
To generate big sheets of pure mycelium material at a massive scale and with the capacity to precisely control density, form, tensile strength, texture, and other properties that meet or exceed standards in a variety of fashion applications, Forager will use Ecovative’s AirMycelium technology.
Access to Ecovative’s Mycelium Foundry, which examines new strains and growing conditions to produce innovative materials with distinctive properties, will also be made available.
As a part of the Fashion For Good Cooperative, which was unveiled at the end of the previous year, Forager is also debuting in established collaborations with top brands.
Each partner will be given access to mycelium hides and foams as an alternative to their leather or plastic counterparts, and will receive real-time feedback and assistance from the Foundry as these materials are transformed into goods that are ready for the market.
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