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What is Mylo™?
Mylo™ is a material made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms. We carefully control the mycelium’s growth conditions to produce a substrate that can be cured and tanned into a soft, supple material that looks and feels like leather.
What is mycelium?
Mycelium is the underground root structure of mushrooms. It’s made up of billions of tiny branching cells, which form a 3D micro-scale mesh structure. It holds the forest floor together and acts as nature’s recycling system by releasing enzymes that break down natural materials and release nutrients into the soil.
What are the benefits of Mylo™?
  • Mylo has a soft, supple, warm feel.
  • It’s strong, and abrasion resistant.
  • Mylo is remarkably leather-like, but no animals are used in making it.
  • Mylo grows in a matter of weeks, compared to animal hides which take years to grow.
  • Because we carefully control its environment, we can direct the mycelium’s growth and control the final material’s properties including thickness, shape, and more.
  • Compared to synthetic leathers which are made from polyurethane, Mylo feels natural and has better moisture management properties.
  • Mylo also has the potential to be significantly more sustainable than leather and other leather substitutes (see below).
Is this leather?
No. The term leather is reserved for animal hides, and animal hides are made of collagen. Mylo™ is made from 100% mycelium, and there is no collagen in Mylo™.

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