HyphaLite: Our vegan mushroom leather
Sustainability and innovation are two aspects that are integral to the design of our products. In our search for new, environmentally friendly materials for our high-quality shoe production, we came across mushroom leather. HyphaLiteTM TC is a material that is visually and functionally very close to conventional animal leather, but is made exclusively from non-animal components. Here you can learn the most important facts about HyphaLiteTM TC Mushroom Leather and get a taste of our Organic Sneaker.
What is HyphaLiteTM TC?
HyphaLite, known as HyphaLite™ TC, is a revolutionary shoe leather made from natural polymers and mushrooms. It was specifically developed to provide a sustainable alternative to traditional leather while maintaining equivalent quality. What makes HyphaLite special is that it is 100% bio-based and made from plant-based materials. The mushrooms used in the process are oyster mushrooms and come from locally sourced sources in Vietnam. However, these mushrooms are not grown specifically for vegan leather production. Primarily, the mushrooms are cultivated for consumption and those that are not for consumption are further processed into HyphaLite material. Thus, no food is wasted and the farmers earn extra income for the rejects that are rejected by the food industry and thus cannot be sold.
How is the HyphaLiteTM mushroom leather made?
First, the mushrooms (oyster mushrooms) must be grown. These are fertilized exclusively with natural fertilizers such as sawdust, corn starch and burnt lime (CaO). It takes a total of 40 days for the mushrooms to be harvested, cleaned and sorted. Those mushrooms that do not meet the high standards of the food industry are sorted out and used for mushroom leather production. This accounts for about 20% of the total mushroom harvest. In the next step, the mushrooms must then be dried and ground. The resulting powder is mixed with natural rubber to form a suspension (a "slurry mix") and applied to the base material, which consists of a lyocell/viscose mixture, via rollers in a process known as roller coating. Finally, the material has to be pressed, which gives it the typical leather structure. In total, the production of the material takes four weeks.
What are the advantages of a shoe made of mushroom leather
1. moisture wicking
Mushroom leather has a natural absorption capacity, allowing it to absorb and wick moisture from the skin. This supports a predominantly dry skin feeling and comfortable foot climate.
Mushroom leather has natural antiseptic properties. This can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi on the surface of the material, reducing the formation of odors and possible infections.
Because of the microscopic air pockets in the material, mushroom leather is particularly lightweight. This contributes to a pleasant wearing comfort and reduces the overall weight of the shoe.
4. insulating effect
The air pockets in mushroom leather also have an insulating effect. This provides some thermal insulation that can protect the foot from cold or heat. This makes the mushroom leather a suitable choice for shoes in different seasons.
Mushroom leather is naturally breathable and allows for efficient air exchange. Regardless of the season, the breathable material provides comfort and freshness for the feet.
6. particularly sustainable
Mushroom leather is an environmentally friendly material as it is made from renewable resources. Mushroom leather is completely vegan and is made from mushrooms excreted by the food industry that would otherwise have to be thrown away.
7. 100% Organic Based
Mushroom leather is made from 100% bio-based materials. No toxic chemicals are used in production, nor does the leather pollute the environment at the end of its life. In fact, mushroom leather is biodegradable.
The Organic Sneaker by GIESSWEIN
The Organic Sneaker is not only environmentally friendly, but also offers incredible comfort. The inner lining of the shoe is made of eucalyptus lyocell, a fabric that is not only soft and breathable, but also has antibacterial properties and neutralizes odors. The sole is made of a mixture of EVA and rubber, which ensures optimal cushioning and durability. The colors - blue, black and gray - can be perfectly matched with any outfit.
Well, have we piqued your interest? Grab your sustainable comfort miracle made of innovative mushroom leather and let yourself be spoiled by the usual GIESSWEIN quality. Share your style with us via @giesswein_ with #giesswein on Instagram.