Hemp & Fungi Hybrid Textiles Research with Jefferson University

Hemp & Fungi Hybrid Textiles Research with Jefferson University

We're working with Jefferson University to research and develop a new hybrid textiles by inoculating hemp substrates with different fungal mycelia. 

As the demand for sustainable and eco-friendly materials grows, researchers and scientists are turning to innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of traditional textiles. One such solution is the use of fungal cultures in combination with hemp fibers to create a sustainable textile. We've partnered with Jefferson University to research and develop these innovative materials.

Hemp is a versatile and sustainable crop that requires minimal resources to grow, making it an attractive option for textile production. However, the process of turning hemp fibers into fabric often requires harsh chemicals and consumes significant amounts of water and energy. Our solution involves introducing fungal cultures to the hemp fibers during the production process, creating a material that is not only sustainable but also biodegradable. The fungal material used in this process are called mycelium, which is the vegetative part of the fungus that grows underground.

Mycelium has a fibrous structure that allows it to bind to the hemp fibers and create a strong, flexible material. This process is known as MycoTextiles, and it has the potential to revolutionize the textile industry by creating sustainable and biodegradable materials. Jefferson University are currently conducting testing on new materials to assess durability, strength, and overall performance. The collaboration between MycoSymbiotics and Jefferson University is an example of the growing interest in sustainable and eco-friendly solutions. The use of mycotextiles has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry by offering an alternative to traditional textiles that are not only biodegradable but also require fewer resources to produce. This partnership represents a significant step forward in the development of sustainable materials and highlights the importance of research and innovation in creating a more sustainable future.

The development of mycotextiles as a sustainable textile material is a promising solution to reduce the environmental impact of traditional textiles. As the demand for sustainable materials continues to grow, mycotextiles have the potential to become a significant player in the textile industry and create a more sustainable future.