Newlight, AirCabrbon, MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Scoby Leather.
Newlight
Material Name: 

AirCarbon™

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Microbe-derived

Founded: 

2003

HQ: 

United States

TRL: 

Founder(s): 

Kenton Kimmel, Mark Herrema

Website: 
About the Company

Newlight is a biotechnology company founded in 2003 with the idea of turning greenhouse gas into high-value materials. After years of research and development, the company’s biomaterial called AirCarbon was announced as a fully-integrated commercial-scale production system using air and greenhouse gas in 2019. In 2020, Newlight Technologies launched Covalent™, a fashion brand that utilizes the natural plastic AirCarbon to make its carbon-negative accessories, including glasses, laptop sleeves, and cardholders.

Material

AirCarbon is polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) that can be melted and cooled into fibers, sheets, and solid parts and be used to replace materials like synthetic plastic and animal leather.

Technology

Ocean microorganisms are placed in a medium to turn methane and carbon dioxide into PHB. Newlight uses an IBM blockchain technology to create an indelible record of each step in the transformation of greenhouse gas to high-performance AirCarbon biomaterials.

Applications

Accessories

Selected Brand Partnerships

Covalent™ (Newlight's own brand)

Covalent poppy tote.

Covalent poppy tote.

Covalent zip wallet.

Covalent zip wallet.

Covalent phone sleeve.

Covalent phone sleeve.

Images: Covalent.

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