The MycoMaterials project, led by BioscienZ (NL) in partnership with Millvision and B4Plastics, was awarded €1,05 million from Eurostars to develop their revolutionary MycoMaterials technology for circular production of mycelial (Myco-)leather, generated from agrifood by-products.
Currently 92% of animal leather is chromium-tanned, generating toxic heavy metal waste and presenting a health risk to workers, while synthetic leather alternatives depend on fossil-based feedstocks and are pollutive to the environment, often requiring expensive recovery schemes.
The MycoMaterials technology has low environmental impact, as the feedstock comes from upcycled agricultural waste – wheatstarch and lactose streams, protamylase stream (co-product of potato starch), or animal manure – and the mycelium cultivating process is energy efficient. Thus, the technology can contribute to a circular economy by connecting food and non-food supply chains.
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This MycoMaterials project has received funding from Eureka (Project no. 153) and Vlaio (Grant agreement No. HBC.2021.1011) under the Eurostars program