Stop thinking that the future is still far ahead because it is already here! And yes, these sneaker is made from a mushroom. After long years of iteration, MYCL (Mycotech Lab), a biotech startup from Indonesia who develops sustainable materials from Mushroom Technology, finally make their Mycelium leather, MYLEA™ available to the market in the form of fashion products by collaborating with brands.
MYCL have been collaborating with brands for several years to directly test their material in the form of products and improvements has been made along with their development by focusing on direct inputs from those collaborators. This process has made MYLEA™ finally ready for their second launch, after the first Kickstarter campaign that the company did last year (mycotech creates the world's first watch made from mushroom mycelium).
“We the sustainable, the genuine; we the future”. The goal of launching these products directly to the market is to open new perspectives in public that there are alternatives they can choose to be more sustainable in fashion, and one of them is to choose MYLEA™ instead of animal leather. “We want to reshape the perspective on how the future will look like, let’s not again mistaken future technologies with digital technologies, because future technology should be the technology that will make sure that there is a future for next generations, and our innovation offers that”, Ronaldiaz emphasized their motivation in developing the materials.
Know how much impact you make by choosing MYLEA™ instead of animal leather. MYCL is certificated by the B Corps, and this company is legally required to consider the implications of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. They take this action a step further and communicate how much impact can you create by choosing MYLEA™ instead of animal leather. By purchasing the mushroom sneakers, you are participating in saving about 21.3Kg CO2, and a wallet would help to save about 4.4 Kg CO2.
MYCL launched their store in September 2020 and has been dropping limited drops every month and ship worldwide. The store can be easily accessed at www.store.mycl.bio. The store is pretty straightforward; you can find the products on the first page and quickly checkout by easy credit cards payment. The shipping should also take about 3-7 days on average.
A new exhibition on future materials has been opened at Fabcafe Kyoto at the end of 2020. The exhibition on mushroom materials focuses on leather-like material made from mycelium called MYLEA™ by MYCL-Mycotech Lab, a biomaterials startup from Indonesia.
As of November 2019, Mycotech is one of the 3 Indonesian corporations/businesses that achieved and passed the B Company Certification and is now a certified B Corporation. Mycotech has put in high effort to fulfill the high-level certification in order to make sure that the company is able to become the change that is sought in the world.