Bucha Bio, MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Microbe-derived Leather, Shorai™
Bucha Bio
Material Name: 

Shorai™

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Microbe-derived

Founded: 

2019

HQ: 

United States

TRL: 

2

Founder(s): 

Zimri T. Hinshaw

Website: 
About the Company

BUCHA BIO is a future-oriented biomaterials company helping the fashion industry and beyond improve product sustainability through material innovation. The company's mission is to unlock unique creative design potential using biotechnology.

Material

BUCHA BIO's most advanced material, SHORAI™, is an entirely biobased product that can be used as a replacement for -- but not an imitation of -- leather. SHORAI™ is new, innovative, and sustainable, meant to inspire unique design in the fashion, automotive, and lifestyle industries. The company is currently developing SHORAI™ alongside its fashion and automotive partners in the luxury space.

Technology

BUCHA BIO uses fermented bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) as the base component in their materials. The company has previously produced the BNC in-house, but now they source it from partners who are able to make a more durable, luxurious product in larger quantities.

The BNC is combined with other biobased components to create a material that is not derived from petrochemicals or animals in any way and can be customizable.

BUCHA BIO works directly with brands to meet their technical and design specifications.

Applications

Fashion, footwear, accessories, automotive, and home goods.

Selected Brand Partnerships

Not disclosed.

J1 sneakers, Fre Customs, Bucha Bio, MIRAI, MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Microbe-derived Leather.

J1 sneakers by Fre Customs made with Shorai™ by Bucha Bio.

Bucha Bio, MIRAI, Pillow,  MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Microbe-derived Leather.

Prototype pillow made with Shorai™. Photo: Alex Cahanap.

Bucha Bio, MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Microbe-derived Leather.

Watch straps made with Shorai™.

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