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Mylea: Low Impact Leather

A low impact leather-like material from mushroom mycelium

July 2021
Gallery Mylea: Low Impact Leather 1
Gallery Mylea: Low Impact Leather 1


The solution aims at having low negative impacts on environmental and human health, in comparison with mainstream leathers (animal leather). This solution is made by turning agroforestry waste, such as sawdust, into a growth medium for mushroom mycelia. The humidity and temperature of the mycelia are closely regulated during the incubation period, which is carried out for several weeks until the mycelia layer grows the appropriate thickness. Then, the mycelia are processed by using chromium-free natural dyes. The process doesn't involve animal killings and the mushrooms can grow in vertical farming while consuming less water and emiting low carbon emission. Mylea is a real and convenient alternative to the mainstream leather. The mycelium leather material can be processed further by craftsmen into various products such as wallets, bags, shoes and many more.

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Label Date July 23, 2021
From Indonesia
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • For growing a square feet of material, the mycelia need 99,9% less water than the animal counterpart
  • 7 kg of agroforestry waste can be used to grow 3,5 square feet of mycelia material
  • Mycelium leather durability can stands 50,000 cycle of abrasion martindale test
  • 99.9% less total water usage for growing this material in compare to cattle leather
  • 21% Reduction of CO2 emission
  • Use Chromium-free dyes during the coloring process unlike mainstream tanning process

The Financial benefits

  • Production cost is similar to premium animal leather even though production is still in small scale
  • 5x cheaper than other mycelium leathers
  • Bill of material to produce this material is 6x cheaper than animal leather

Activity Region

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North america

United States,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile

Mycotech Pte. Ltd (MYCL)

MYCL is a biotechnology startup based in Bandung, West Java Indonesia that research on Mycelium as a new material.

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Headquarters Ngamprah, West Bandung Regency, West Java 40552, Indonesia

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