Four companies advance work in biofabrics

May 1st, 2024

Seaweed, both farmed and wild-sourced, makes up 75% of the content in Keel Labs’ innovative fiber, Kelsun™. It shows promise for tangible applications of biomaterials in home goods, furnishings, automotive, fashion and other sectors. Image: Keel Labs/Ryan Duffin It’s a fertile time for next-generation biofabrics, and the environmental impact of the textile industry is a […]

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PANGAIA and Spiber launch

August 1st, 2022

Materials science company PANGAIA, based in London, England, introduced the fourth capsule within PANGAIA Lab, a limited-edition sweatshirt made in partnership with Japanese biomaterials manufacturing group Spiber Inc., featuring breakthrough biotech Brewed Protein™fibers and organic cotton.  Spiber’s Brewed Protein materials are made from plant-derived biomass and a proprietary fermentation process that produces a biological building […]

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Spider silk replica made from brewed protein

July 1st, 2022

The Brewed Protein polymer powder is fermented with water, sugar, and specially designed microbes. After being refined, this powder can be processed into a variety of fabrics, such as leather, silk or spun yarn. Photo: Spiber Spider silk is incredibly strong—five times stronger than steel—and it has been used in far-ranging applications, including wear-resistant lightweight […]

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