Reinventing a smart, circular and competitive textile industry with advanced mycofibres
November 1st, 2020 – April 30th, 2024
The aim of MY-FI is to provide the textile industry with a new nonwoven fabrics made of mycelium fibres, with improved performances and reduced environmental impact in comparison with current commercially available fibres. Mycelium fibres are obtained by fungal fermentation, starting from the residues of the textile industry, using a mild process and can be used to produce sustainable and performing nonwoven fabrics. Mycelium fibres indeed can extend the field of use of nonwoven fabrics to demanding or luxury applications. In virtue of their properties and aesthetics, mycelium fibres can be adopted, for example, in automotive or footwear applications that currently use animal leather as preferred material. In MY-FI new biofabrication protocols will be optimized and upscaled together with wet processing and material finishing to provide a set of innovative solutions to help the textile industry in facing
the challenges posed by the complex megatrends that are quickly changing markets and customers’ lifestyles globally. The mission of MY-FI is to develop a biobased textile, with advanced functionalities, sustainability and performance, achieving four high level goals:
- Empowering the textile industry to successfully face the challenges posed by the emerging global trends;
- Meet the consumer demand for new functional and sustainable textile products;
- Relief the environmental pressure related to the textile industry, developing a circular and biobased textile that does not generate microplastics;
- Engage the textile stakeholders and provide guidance to policymakers.
Mycelium fabrics indeed are fully biobased and sustainable, obtained from circular value chains, widely customizable, highly performing, and can be produced using advanced manufacturing process. Thanks to these properties they have the potential to meet the market demands for sustainable and performing materials, allowing designers and brands to create more functional products.
MOGU SRL (Italy)
MOGU SRL (Italy), UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT (Netherlands), INSTITUT TEXTILE ET CHIMIQUE DE LYON (France), ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION (Spain), ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA TEXTIL (Spain), FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR LEDER UND KUNSTSTOFFBAHNEN GGMBH (Germany), BIOPROCESS PILOT FACILITY BV (Netherlands), CONCERIA GAIERA GIOVANNI SPA (Italy), BOND FACTORY SRL (Italy), ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV (Belgium), CENTRO RICERCHE RIAT SCPA (Italy), VOLKSWAGEN AG (Germany), SPIN 360 SRL (Italy), AXIA INNOVATION UG (Germany)
- Work package 6 leader
- Evaluation of biodegradation and organic recyclability of mycelium fabrics
Mr. Steven Verstichel