Creating new materials can be a tiresome process involving a ton of research and testing. Then, finding new options in a world full of animal and petroleum products require innovation and the right technology. Polybion has both. As a result, it produces consumer materials that respect nature at every stage.

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Polybion is a materials development company with a focus on biotextiles. Recently, the company announced that its bacterial cellulose facility the world’s first is scaling up production. With financial backing from Blue Horizon, the facility is capable of producing 1.1 million square feet per year of the company’s proprietary biotextile Celium.

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Black sneakers made with Celium

The facility is also powered by solar, carbon neutral and ready to scale production for leather and other uses. Made from commercial fruit waste, the material looks like leather but doesn’t contain any animal products. In addition, the material provides green alternatives for the clothing and automotive industries.

A sandal and laptop bag made with Polybion's fruit waste leather alternative

“Scaling the production of Celium, a sustainable alternative to animal-based textiles and petroleum-derived synthetics, is a huge step on Polybion’s mission to bring performance and possibility to 21st-century designers and materials engineers,” said Axel Gómez-Ortigoza, co-founder and chief executive officer of the company. “We are excited to partner with Blue Horizon, as we share a common vision on accelerating sustainability and the circular economy. In addition, having Blue Horizon as a partner allows us to scale new initiatives to build our brand and network.”

Two variations of a laptop bag in colors black and white

Polybion’s goal is to continue creating green materials that serve the needs of consumers. They intend to reduce pollution, waste and the use of synthetic materials, too. Bacteria biology and the use of cellulose, as well as other natural materials, help the company achieve its goal. The facility further aids Polybion by converting waste into products under one roof to eliminate extra production resources.

Overall, Blue Horizon principal Tanmay Annachhatre said, “We are happy to partner with Polybion and join Alexis, Axel, and the rest of this great team on their journey to create new and fully sustainable materials. Consumers, brands, and manufacturers are all seeking novel, sustainable materials. Few other companies have moved as quickly as Polybion™ to scale production of a completely circular material.”

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