How is your material made?
We collaborate with microbes to form our materials. We use an impressive microbe called bacterial nanocellulose which is grown during the fermentation of a particular strain of bacteria, K.rhaeticus. The nanocellulose is formed around a yarn scaffold that is made with engineering and advanced textile production techniques, resulting in a non-woven textile that is lightweight, durable and has high tensile strength.
Are the materials made out of 100% bacteria?
We incorporate bacterial nanocellulose with other natural ingredients and have a proprietary formulation. The final product and all additives (including the yarn scaffold) are biobased and the product and process for the undyed material is petrochemical free.
Is your material recyclable or naturally biodegradable?
The bacterial nanocellulose we use in our material is naturally biodegradable. We complement our nanocellulose with natural and non-harmful ingredients wherever necessary. We are also designing our formulations, dyeing and finishing chemistries with recycling in mind. Recyclability is a common challenge with making biobased materials bioresistant and durable because you need to add certain chemistries to the natural ingredients – for this reason we are generally working with “green” chemistries to maintain recyclability.
Is the material ‘alive’ and/or is it vegan?
No, the material is not alive. The bacteria is alive when it is fermenting to create the nanocellulose, but the bacteria is washed out of the finished material. This leaves the nanocellulose in the structure but removes the living bacteria. Our material is considered vegan because it is produced without any animal-derived ingredients.
What is your material replacing?
Our textiles have the potential to displace a variety of materials including textiles like leathers, synthetic leathers, coated textiles and other materials. But we are not just innovating with one material – we are developing a customisable platform which can create new forms of textiles that are biobased and have a significantly lower environmental footprint than materials derived from animal or petrochemicals.
What are some of the other environmental benefits of your materials?
Research indicates that the carbon footprint of our materials should be a fraction of that produced by animal & PU leather production. Our materials have huge potential to displace significant amounts of emissions in the fashion industry. Beyond the carbon footprint, our materials will use a fraction of water and land usage compared to animal leather, for instance. These environmental benefits will further amplify as we scale our operations.
How are brands and partners responding to your material? Have they shown interest?
We’ve had a positive show of interest from the fashion industry, particularly regarding the versatility and customisability of our platform. We’re working with a number of brand partners and are currently focused on the luxury and sportswear space, though we are starting to expand in other markets. Whilst we cannot share who we are working with at the moment, we are excited to share more when the time comes.
When will your material be commercially available / when is the first product coming out?
We’re working on some exciting projects at the moment, and look forward to sharing more publicly soon
Who is your current investor/Investors today?
In April 2022 we closed a $4.1 million seed funding round from investors such as AgFunder, Collaborative Fund, Acequia Capital, Petri Bio and Parley for the Oceans amongst others. You can read more about it on our news page.
How can I get in touch with Modern Synthesis about a partnership opportunity?
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