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MycoFlex™

Through an industrial biofabrication process, Ecovative’s MycoFlex™ platform produces high-performance, 100% pure mycelium structure.

Ecovative’s MycoFlex™ platform enables the engineering of high-performance scaffolding that can be tailored into a variety of end material for a range of applications.

High-Performance Mycelium

In the food sector, we are creating edible structures for plant-based meats and biocompatible scaffolding for cell-based meats.

We are addressing the pervasive plastics problem in the beauty industry through 100% home compostable cosmetic applicators.

We are helping the apparel sector embrace biofabrication with insulating jackets, and thermal ware as well as resilient foams for footwear.

Plastics have brought incredible new performance properties to this market, along with a tremendous environmental burden.

Current "bio-based" solutions, while derived from food, are molecularly identical to oil-based plastics, and hence share the same end of life issues.

Here are some of our solutions...

High-performance mycelium foam is supporting and rebounds following impact.

Apparel

MycoFlex™ proved to be a suitable foam replacement for the sockliner, midsole, and heel foam typically made from PU and EVA.

The mycelium foam can be replaced by new inserts. The worn inserts are compostable, an added feature for the typical short lifecycle of sneakers.

Mycoflex™ has an R-Value of 4, making it one of the most effective natural insulators available today.

Thermal Insulator

Grown over 9 days, our mycelium foam is tunable, able to create everything from lightweight insulating lofts, suitable for glove liners, to high density high-performance foams useful in warmer utility gloves.

Developed through 5 years of research and $30 Million USD of public and private investment, Mycoflex™ is supported by a broad portfolio of IP and in-depth technical know-how supported by Ecovative’s world class mycelium foundry.

Collaborating with leading industry fashion and biophilic designers.

Felder Felder x Plant the Future

Felder Felder x Plant the Future collaborated on a garment constructed with MycoFlex™ for the Fashion Innovation Show during Art Basel in Miami.

MycoFlex™ foam applies makeup with a soft, velvet-like surface and can be composted after its one-time use.

Beauty

Makeup applicators are made from expanded foam plastic polymers which are marketed as disposable as they are one-time-use products. However, they are plastic-based and do not degrade in any environment.

Increasingly products are becoming latex and cruelty-free because of customer demands. Mycelium is entirely biobased, compostable, non-allergenic and is non-toxic.

Mycelium is a natural, vegan ingredient for structure in plant-based meat.

Alternative Protein

Today, all plant-based meats sold today are in a ground form, as burgers, chicken fingers, or other "reconstituted" products. However, in the existing animal protein market, whole cuts are the majority sold. Plant-based meats are missing a key ingredient: structure.

The structure of mycelium lends itself to create whole cuts of vegan meat.

Cell-Based Meat

Most cellular scaffolds are derived from animal tissues, which are heterogeneous and undesired for the Clean Meat market. Until now engineering has been limited to the shape of an animal or two-dimensional surfaces.

There is no volumetric limit to mycelium growth. It can be grown to a three-dimensional form or post-processed to shape.

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering requires a scaffold to support cell growth and dictates the texture and strength of the grown tissue. Mycelium is a self-assembling 3D scaffolding with tunable porosity. Early studies with leading labs have shown excellent proliferation, cell adhesion, and differentiation.

MycoFlex™

  • For our substrate, we source agricultural waste, like chopped-up corn stalks and husks, from regional farmers.
  • The agricultural waste is steam-cleaned and introduced to mycelium.
  • Our growth trays are washed & re-used each week to grow new parts.
  • Loose particles are packed into the growth tray where the mycelium grows in a controlled environment through the substrate, and around the particles binding them together.
  • We induce a very special form of aerial mycelium growth that builds up into a large sheet (3-5" tall) over the course of 5-6 days, which is removed from the growth tray.
  • We then cut this mycelium from the substrate and cut all the edges.