Recently, the world has been starting to embrace a more sustainable and animal-friendly alternative: vegan leather. In fact, according to a report by Grand View Research, the world market for vegan leather could be worth $85 billion by the year 2025.
As vegan leather continues to increase in popularity, more and more companies are jumping on the train, which in turn, has led to big advancements in the vegan leather industry. Vegan leather – also referred to as faux leather or unleather – can be made out of just about anything these days: pineapple, cereal crops, cactus, and now, even mushrooms. Green Matters caught up with Jamie Bainbridge, VP of Product Development at Bolt Threads, a leading material innovations company based in California. Bolt Threads' star product is Mylo, a sustainable and vegan leather alternative out of mycelium – as in, mushrooms.
“We believe that solutions to our most vexing problems can be found in nature and use this to create and scale sustainable materials for the apparel and beauty industries,” Bainbridge exclusively tells Green Matters. “Our materials can be turned into incredible products that solve the problems of a resource-constrained world.”