Mycotech Achieved the B Corporations Certification. 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. By achieving the awarded certification, Mycotech solemnly swears to bringing benefit to all through the company’s products, practices, and profits whilst also reducing the negative impacts of the industry world for the environment and the community. The company is also determined to continuously conduct the business with the importance and existence of the people and place in mind and be responsible of each other and the future generations.
B Corporations Certified B Corporations, “B” stands for “Beneficial”, is a certification awarded by B Lab to businesses that fulfill the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to achieve balance of profit and purpose. B Corporations, as a collective of companies and businesses, aims to accelerate a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. B Corporations emphasize on the importance of purpose-driven process and focus on benefits for all stakeholders, not only shareholders of the company. The certificate helps companies in portraying their identity more clearly in the aim to communicate their values to customers more effectively.
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Mycotech started out as mushroom gourmet producers in 2012. Once realizing that the mushroom-growing bags became hard and robust after use, the company started doing research on the phenomena, thus gaining access to numerous Mycology laboratories located in Indonesia, Singapore, and Switzerland. As a result of the research, Mycotech now uses mushroom mycelium, the vegetative part of mushrooms, as natural adhesive and uses it as binding agent to create biomaterial composite (Biobo) and cultivate it to create strong, leather-like material (Mylea). Due to the possibility of the mycelium development being controlled and adjusted during their growth span, the materials are easy to develop without expensive, sophisticated processing method.
Since 2015, Mycotech has been working together with 4 mushroom farmer communities in and around West Java, Indonesia to supply and manufacture raw materials, raising the economic interest of “waste” materials by recycling them to generate extra income for local farmers. Moreover, Mycotech’s production process ensures balance between the company’s “greener life and Earth” philosophy with substantial benefit for all parties involved, especially the employees and staff.
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.
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.