Mycel Project
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Material Name: 

Myco Leather

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Mycelium

Founded: 

2020

HQ: 

South Korea

TRL: 

3/5

Founder(s): 

Sungjin Sah, Sungwon Kim, Yunggon Park.

Website: 
About the Company

Mycel Project is a Hyundai Motor Group spin-off startup. It develops mycelium-based materials and technologies, with biomimicry leather being one of its primary products.

Material

Mycel Project uses about 430 strains of mushrooms and 13 strains of edible fungi that have been collected from urban, forestry, and industrial food waste. By hybridization, mutagenesis, and gene editing (CRISPR), they modify or develop them to fit the usage of the target industry.

Technology

By using biochemistry and controlling variables such as CO2, light, moisture, and airway, Mycel Project modifies the microstructure and controls cellular components during fungal growth to adjust material strength or the fungal nutritional composition. The company claims that compared to cowhide, its mycelium-based leather substitute requires less than 1% of CO2 emission and water consumption.

Applications

Fashion, Footwear, Home Goods.

Selected Brand Partnerships

Motherground.

Myco Leather, Mycel Project, Mycelium Leather, Next-gen leather, alternative leather, sustainable leather, future of leather.

Myco Leather, Mycel Project, Mycelium Leather, Next-gen leather, alternative leather, sustainable leather, future of leather.

Motherground sneaker made with Myco Leather.

Myco Leather, Mycel Project, Mycelium Leather, Next-gen leather, alternative leather, sustainable leather, future of leather.

Images Credits: Mycel Project.

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