This week, biotechnology startup Bolt Threads debuted a purse constituted of its proprietary vegan materials, Mylo. The Mylo Driver Bag is a unisex, hand-stitched tote created in collaboration with Portland-based model Chester Wallace that includes a canvas base and parts made with mycelium—mushroom root methods that Bolt Threads grows into 3D constructions on a mattress of corn stalks earlier than compressing the mass into sturdy, animal-free leather-based. “Unlike the standard leather-making processes, the creation of Mylo™ doesn’t contain elevating livestock, or any of the substantial related environmental prices, together with the biomass wanted to be grown to feed livestock, the land that’s used to develop that biomass that might be in any other case storing carbon, and the numerous quantity of methane produced,” Jamie Bainbridge, Bolt Threads Vice President of Product Development, advised VegNews. The Mylo Driver Bag is on the market for pre-order on Kickstarter, with a prize choice that features a tour of the Bolt Threads manufacturing unit in California the place the corporate is innovating a number of vegan options to animal-based supplies reminiscent of vegan “spider” Microsilk—constituted of fermented yeast cells which can be spun into thread in a way that mimics the way in which spiders assemble webs. Last 12 months, trend mogul Stella McCartney used the corporate’s vegan silk to create a gold gown that was displayed on the “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit on the Museum of Modern Arts in New York.