Future fabrics

Dan Widmaier, Bolt Threads CEO and founder

We invent advanced credible materials that put us on a path towards a more sustainable future.

  • Bolt Threads creates sustainable textiles, using nature as inspiration. This includes materials like Mylo™, a mycelium (or mushroom) based alternative to leather, and Microsilk™, a spider-free fiber created through yeast fermentation.
  • These materials are designed to serve as replacements for animal or petroleum-based materials – and reduce the environmental impact associated with them, for example, the micro-fiber pollution of synthetics such as polyester.
  • Bolt has partnered with brands such as Stella McCartney, whose Microsilk dress is displayed at MoMA in New York and whose Mylo bag premiered at the V&A Museum in London1.
  • In 2019, Bolt launched Eighteen B, a skincare brand using Bolt Threads' b-silk protein™ ingredient.
  • Since 2009, Bolt has grown from an incubator to more than 100 employees and won several accolades, including a 'World Changing Idea' award from Fast Company2; while Dan has been recognised by the Business of Fashion 500 index.

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