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Through science, dedication, and collaboration, we believe the best days of our planet are ahead of us. Here is your front-row seat to our journey in creating materials that put us on a path towards a more sustainable future.

Stella McCartney Debuts a Mylo Bustier Top and Trouser Set

Last fall, we had the honor of announcing the Mylo™ consortium – four iconic companies that have banded together to bring our sustainable leather alternative to the world. Today, we’re excited to share an update on Mylo’s journey to scale with consortium partner and long-term collaborator Stella McCartney. The pioneering designer offers a peek into... Read more »

The New York Times Announces the Mylo Consortium

Last month, we announced the creation of the Mylo™ consortium – an unprecedented partnership with four iconic global companies who have secured exclusive access to our innovative Mylo material. Marrying deep science with high design, the consortium is the largest joint development agreement in consumer biomaterials to date. Read the New York Times feature to... Read more »

Bolt Creative Residency x Jen Keane: Deep Science Through a Designer’s Eye

Before COVID-19 prompted shelter-in-place orders at the Bolt Threads office, we had the privilege of debuting our creative residency program to bring in new ideas for designing a better future. Enter Jen Keane, our first-ever creative in residence and no stranger to the potential of biomaterials. Before returning to her west coast roots in our... Read more »

Humans at Bolt – Libby Sommer, Director of Corporate Responsibility

At Bolt our goal is to make unprecedented, more sustainable materials that buck the status quo, and yet are highly desirable and functional. We believe that by integrating sustainability into every stage of the product creation and development process, we can develop materials that realize this lofty target. It’s one that we could not reach... Read more »

What is a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)?

In February, Bolt CEO Dan Widmaier called the fashion industry’s attention to the importance of scientific thinking during his speech at UN Study Hall, an annual summit on sustainable fashion. One way that Bolt does this is by investing in rigorous data to avoid the nebulous world of greenwashing. This includes measuring Mylo’s impacts by... Read more »

Humans at Bolt – Dr. Edyta Szewczyk, Senior Scientist in Biology

Edyta is a fungal geneticist and a strain engineer at Bolt. She works with the organism that Bolt uses as the foundation for Mylo™, and creates a genetic map that tells us what gene corresponds to what characteristic of the fungus. On many levels, she is the one who is most familiar with the organism,... Read more »

What is b-silkTM protein?

One of Bolt’s subsidiary brands, Eighteen B, recently added a new product, the Defend and Nourish Eye Cream, to the roster of its moisture-delivering, barrier-protecting products. All of Eighteen B’s products use Bolt’s proprietary ingredient, b-silk™ protein. But what exactly is b-silk™, and where does it come from?  B-silk™ protein was initially developed to be... Read more »

CEO Dan Widmaier at Business of Fashion VOICES

In November, Bolt’s Founder and CEO, Dan Widmaier, spoke at Business of Fashion VOICES. The annual event is an invite-only gathering of top fashion brands and trailblazing entrepreneurs who are challenging conventional wisdom about the fashion industry. Dan announced the exciting news that Mylo™ material now has the ability to scale globally. That means our alternative... Read more »

Bolt Welcomes our first Kickstarter Backer

In September, we held our first-ever Kickstarter tour with one of our backers. Eve is a fashion designer from Australia, and has always been interested in using sustainable materials for her designs. Recently, she came across mycelium and all the potential that fungi hold. In her research, she found the Driver Bag Kickstarter and supported... Read more »

Humans at Bolt – Dr. Kevin McCluskey, Fungal Geneticist & Lead Principal Scientist

Dr. Kevin McCluskey is a fungal geneticist leading the Grow team and guiding the process development for Mylo™ material. As part of his job, Kevin sets direction for the team and makes sure they are in tune with the latest developments across different scientific fields and can translate them to Bolt’s own work. “You can... Read more »

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