Lium Labs is an advanced sustainable material company developing high volume manufacturing technologies to facilitate the broad adoption of mycelium-based materials in packaging, furniture and construction industries.
Our goal is to respond to sustainable markets demand to provide biodegradable, biocompatible, fire resistant, strong, light and beautifully finished materials. Our technologies allow tailoring their mechanical properties according to our customer needs in order to replace paper, leather, wood or plastic or the generation of high-end mycelium products.
Lium Labs grows the knowledge and infrastructure to materialise a circular and sustainable future.
Mycelium is the root like fibrous material mushrooms grow from. It’s composed mostly of chitin, the structural polymer found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans insects and the shells of molluscs.
It’s structural, water-resistant, biodegradable, and fire resistant. Its properties are all highly tunable. Mycelium has been used to form lightweight styrofoam-like, leather-like and wood-like materials.
The amazing thing is that a low energy amount required for production because it is a self-growing process. At the same time, the recycling process doesn’t need any specific processes and it’s 100% biodegradable. The use of natural, renewable materials has significant advantages in terms of both ecology and economy.
Our materials are 100% natural and produced from agricultural waste as a result of the natural growing process of mycelium fibres. No chemicals compounds are added.
Mycelium-based material properties are tunable and have very well controlled structural and mechanical properties that can be customized according to an application and customers needs. In addition, materials show a highly hydrophobic character, which is an aspect difficult to achieve in natural-sourced materials.
Lium Labs materials can be produced in various colours, thicknesses and a wide range of commercial applications from furniture to construction. They can have different patterns, textures, colours and all kind of features. At the same time, it is compatible with digital manufacturing processes like CNC and others.
Mycelium materials production is still immature and largely focuses on developing mould forming techniques. Mould formed structures have the disadvantage that they have long dry times and require a lot of space.
Lium Labs focuses on overcoming traditional moulding techniques by developing high volume production approaches and fast drying techniques. This transition will drive costs down and will allow mycelium-based materials to be used in many more industries and markets.
The manufacturing techniques we are developing will allow faster and greater customisation of mycelium-based materials so that we can satisfy the market requirements for low-cost high quality biodegradable and recyclable materials.
The team's background covers research, sustainable architecture, furniture manufacturing, digital fabrication, marketing and business development.