5 textile companies disrupting the fashion industry—in a good way

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The fashion industry needs to evolve…and fast. Here, innovative textile companies developing plant-based alternatives for a world with less trash and lower emissions. From cactus and mushroom leather to kelp-based nylon and orange silk.

1. AlgiKnit

New York based AlgiKnit is on a mission to develop bio-based, durable yarns from kelp. The yarn is degradable and kelp is renewable—it’s one of the world’ best carbon storers.
Would replace: polyester and nylon

2. Bolt Threads

LA based Bolt Threads manufactures spider silk and MYLO—mycelium based leather. The silk is spun from the same proteins as a spider’s web, created using fermentation and biology (no spider is harmed in the process). Infiniteely renewable mycelium is used to create a fine-leather look a like.
Would replace: silk and leather


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3. Mycoworks

Mycoworks is developing a fine mycelium leather alternative.
Would replace: leather


desserto leather made from cactus in Mexico

4. DESSERTO

Based in Guadalajara, Mexico Desserto is disrupting the fashion industry with vegan leather made from cactus.
Would replace: leather


orange fiber made in italy

5. Orange Fiber

Based in Palermo, Italy Orange Fiber manufactures a sustainable fabric from citrus juice by-products. The result is a natural silky textile for upscale and soft products.
Would replace: silk

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