Thanks for checking us out! Let us introduce ourselves first!
We are Mycotech, a biotech startup company based in Bandung, Indonesia that dedicates ourselves to saving the world by using one of the Earth’s most overlooked resources — mushrooms.
When we started our business in Bandung in 2012 as gourmet mushroom producers, we realized that there is so much more to mushrooms than meets the eye. We initiated our research by using what limited resources we can find — our mother’s pressure cookers.
What started as menial experiments quickly turned into one of our most explored research. While looking into the fast-growing infrastructure development in Indonesia, we discovered BIOBO, a mycelium board composite that uses no harmful chemicals as binder agents.
Our mission? Delivering sustainable & affordable material from renewable resources — designed in style.
Now, we are excited to introduce to you the technology that can definitely replace animal & petroleum-based leather — Mylea™️!
What’s the issue here?
Textile is one of the most toxic industries in the world, and leather-processing is a very dangerous contributor to this business. When more people are interested in fashion, the consumption of bags as fashion items are also rising – and more animals are slaughtered. Almost one billion cows are killed each year, not counting the rare animals going extinct because they are being hunted for their skin.
Between the tannery and the dye house, leather also receives multiple applications of chemical preservatives, colorants, stiffeners, and modifiers - chemicals that are dangerous to the environment and human health.
Mylea - Our Solution for the Issue
Indonesians have already developed sophisticated biotechnology for the culinary department - one of them is Tempeh! Now, it's time to explore the possibilities!
Tempeh, the traditional Indonesian dish, is made by combining white soybeans with fungus named Rhizopus oligosporus. The fungus's mycelium binds the soybeans together and made them solid. If you haven't had this delicacy, you're definitely missing out.
However, we're more focused on how the mycelium binds the soybeans together — and the method is what first inspired us into creating & developing bio leather that we named Mylea™️!
Mylea is one of the products we present to save the world. It is the answer for questions thrown by the ethicals in the fashion business.
Instead of making it to be eaten, we make it for fashion. And instead of soybeans, we recycle agricultural waste as growth medium.
It’s not leather, but it’s better!
#veganleather #notleatherbutbetter #savetheenvironment
Unlike regular leather that needs to be dyed numerous times, Mylea™️ can absorb dye faster & better, resulting in cheaper production cost & more vibrant colors. Oh, we're only using natural dye extracted from leaf, roots, and even food waste to add colors to Mylea. Trust us when we say the colors are much more unique.
So, why an alternative to leather? The regular one's just as good, right?
Well, while the two are strong & sustainable, one uses extravagant number of resources, and the other needs only a few days & some water to grow & cultivate.
Need the comparison, complete with numbers? Here's one for you.
The numbers are great and all — but does it actually able to work like leather would?
Instead of telling you all about it, we'll just show you what we've done with Mylea.
Pala X Mylea Watch
Meet our newest collaboration work and the first wooden-mushroom watch to be made — the Pala X Mylea Watch.
Collaborating with Pala Nusantara, one of the most prominent wooden watch maker in Indonesia, is a step to the right direction to save the world and maximizing the use of resources while saving them at the same time.
Our watch is the perfect company for people who move about the world, and it's always nice to keep tabs on our necessities. And no worries, the Mycelium strap works just like regular leather — only greener!
Mycelium Traveler's Journal
For you who prefer the classic pen-and-paper method of keeping notes, our traveler's journal is the one you need in your hands.
We joined forces with Vitarlenology — local Indonesian book designer, crafter, and binder — to create this beautiful, luxurious, and easily-customized journal to be with you every step you take around the Earth.
Mycelium Card Wallet
While jumping from one location to another, don't forget to keep your cash & cards on hand. Carrying a thick, heavy wallet might not be efficient enough for you, so here we present a solution for you agile folks.
The result of our collaboration with Cavcraft — local Bandung leather artisan — is a Mycelium Card Wallet that's small, concise, and can fit up to 4 cards — plus room to spare for your cash & coins.
Have we mentioned that it's small enough to be hanged around your neck & still look cool?
It's the perfect thing to complete your casual-work look!
Thank you for supporting Mycotech & helping us create a sustainable future! For you who pledged S$10+, we will be sending you up-to-date news about our project & a digital hand-written thank-you note to your e-mail.
For those of you who pledge S$25+, congratulations! You've secured your Mycelium Traveler's Journal! If you missed our first bid, it's okay — you can still get 30% off the S$50 regular price or get 56% cut by pledging for double!
If you pledge for more than S$45+, we will get you your very own Mycelium Card Wallet & send it to your doorstep! If you hurry, you can get 36% cut from the retail price of S$70 or 56% by pledging more than S$56!
If you pledge S$125+, we'll make sure that you get our beloved Pala X Mylea Watch & have it complete your look when you've had it in your hands. The mini is a special edition, so you can only get it in pairs with the regular-size!
Pledge S$310+ and get the ultimate package of Pala X Mylea Watch, Mylea Card Wallet, and Traveler's Journal to be the first to know that saving the world doesn't have to sacrifice your fashion statement or your note-taking habit.
Or you can jump straight to S$1000+ to get double the products! You can keep them for yourself or share them with your friends and family. Beware: this is a limited offer, and you'll get two very limited Mycelium Pouch to complete the package!
Please include the amount of shipping cost needed in your pledge by clicking the "Manage Your Pledge" button that sits next to Kickstarter Video.
Also, bear in mind that any duty or taxes on import into your country will be your responsibility, so take extra care on those potential costs.
The average number of days for shipping vary based upon origin and destination, so please be patient for your package. If we've sent them your way, you'd know — and we cannot wait to see your reaction of our Pala X Mylea Watch!
Here's the thing — we've made a schedule & limited our pledging time until the middle of March, so make sure to pledge before time runs out!
Here's the complete timeline for the interested souls out there.
We'll keep you posted on new updates regarding our project!
This Kickstarter project is our first step as we are taking an effort in scaling up our production, do a standardization, certification and optimization to improve our current production to fulfill a larger market demand while also improving the research to explore more in sustainable materials and make it possible for everyone to use it in many applications.
Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
Mylea is a new material that is still under development. We are aware that there is still room for improvement to reach the highest quality as well as to scale up the production efficiently that might reduce the cost of production in future.
Since we grow the material in-house, it may take a bit more time to set up our to-scale production facility. However, our production facility is ready to grow the leather demand up to 1000 wallet/month.
While, as with anything, there can be surprises, we feel confident we can deliver this product on schedule by Fall of 2019. Leading up to delivery date, we will do our absolute best to respond to all of your inquiries as promptly as possible, keep you up to date on our progress, and work as hard as we can to get you your Mylea product as soon as possible.
We are only responsible for mishandling of product when it is still in our hands & are not responsible for mishandling of item when it is in the hands of the shipping company. If you wish to return the item for a new one, we only accept returns within the one week after you received your product.
The images and videos of the products and Mylea leather are prototypes — therefore, slight details may change in actual production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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