Mycelium is the network that forms the "root" of mushrooms. We use it as a construction and moulding material. Mycelium requires very little water to grow, no toxic chemicals and is fully compostable. We source our fungi species to grow our material within a 30 km radius of our atelier. Our raw substrate is made from organic green waste we get from the agriculture sector. This special organism has a seemingly limitless potential within the design space and we are delighted to be able to explore these possibilities.
Hemp is a great natural resource as it uses much less water than cotton, takes barely any pesticides to grow and provides a much more efficient material to work with. Hemp also sequesters carbon in the soil which makes it a definitively regenerative plant for the planet. We use hemp in many of our garments and accessories
Silk is a luxurious, soft material made from the silkworm cocoon. Silk worms are raised specifically for silk production and there are very few wild silk worms in existence today. The silkworm was domesticated solely for the purpose of producing this exotic, expensive resource. At Osmose, we primarily use recycled or upcycled silk, meaning that we use mostly silk waste that would otherwise go to a landfill. In our virgin silk garments, we only use blends incuding hemp to reduce the silk content. Hemp is often not wearable on its own but we push for its use in our supply chain.
Wood is used in some of our homeware. We get what we can when we forage for some dead wood or sick trees that need removing. Usually our wood is sourced from FSC certified and managed forests in the UK. We upcycle the wood in our products and make sure it is premium quality.
Although not vegan, wool has many properties that make it a material of choice for slow consumption. It is somewhat self cleaning (it repells dirt) and is fully biodegradable (cold-compostable if not dyed with synthetic colours). The production of wool (merino) helps communities thrive and farmers maintain their activities in South America. We only source merino wool from non-mulesed sheep. Mulesing is a practice that causes sheep to be mutilated to prevent maggot infestation but we ensure our wool comes from sustainable and cruelty-free farming.
Cotton is a breathable and fully biodegradable material which has gained a bad reputation through the amount of water it needs to grow. This is not measured in each country but on average. In order to combat this, we only use recycled or GOTS certified cotton which in addition to using less water, also uses less pesticides. We research the cotton we buy and ensure it has relevant credentials.
Linen is very similar to hemp, both coming from the bast fibers family. Linen is very breathable and suitable for all seasons. It is more sustainable than virgin cotton while also having a luxuriously soft consistency. We source most of our linens from Europe.