By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
The Vegetarian Resource
Group published an article on our blog titled How Sustainable Is Vegan Leather? in June 2020. At the time
we went to press, we had not yet received responses from several companies that
make all-natural vegan leather.
Here we present the Q&A
exchange we had through email with Dr. Luke Haverhals, the Founder and CEO of
Natural Fiber Welding® (NFW), the company that creates Mirum.
The VRG: What is Mirum made of?
NFW: Mirum is made from plants – both fiber and vegetable oils.
Sometimes we use clay and other inorganic fillers as well as natural inputs for
colors (e.g., turmeric can produce a lovely orange color).
Mirum uses only natural inputs, it does not become toxic waste like plastics.
Few people understand that the reason why old clothes, shoes, etc. must be
landfilled is that petroleum-based plastic waste is toxic and cannot decompose
without harming the biosphere.
VRG: Do you use ANY petrochemicals at any
stage of production of Mirum?
No, Mirum is natural. Mirum is
revolutionary and completely unique in the world in that we do not use any
petrochemicals nor any synthetic glues/polymers derived from petrochemicals.
For example, Mirum does NOT use polyurethane like many others who claim this
high-carbon footprint, petroleum-based material is somehow “vegan.”
article points out how plastic-containing materials can never be regarded
as truly “vegan.”
is pioneering state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that use Plants, Not
Plastic™ because we desire to make the lowest resource (e.g., lowest carbon
footprint) materials possible.
VRG: How quickly does Mirum biodegrade and
under what conditions?
NFW: It depends. If a tree falls in the forest, it may take a
long time to degrade. If the tree is chopped into small bits, the degradation
process happens much faster. Mirum formulations are extremely tunable. Mirum is
always degradable since it is made only from nutrients. That said, the absolute
biodegradation characteristics are tunable as well and depend on both the raw
materials utilized as well as the way in which the product is treated at the
end of its lifecycle.
It is also worth
mentioning that Mirum can be recycled. NFW will be scaling and implementing
recycling capabilities as we scale production of Mirum.
While much hype and
funding has been given to biotech “solutions” that cannot scale, NFW has been
quietly working to develop scalable technologies that actually deliver. In the
second half of 2020, there will be major announcements of partnerships with
global brands that know NFW has developed the truly game-changing technology
platforms that deliver.
Note to Readers: When The VRG receives updates from NFW on Mirum as well as
responses from other all-natural vegan leather companies, we will post them
here on our blog.
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