Uyen: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! TômTex is a revolutionary bio-based material, created from two key ingredients: seashell waste and mushrooms. The company’s vision is a cruelty-free and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic and animal leathers. It is made from 100% bio-based ingredients and natural colors without tanning process or backing fabric. At the end of life, TômTex products can be disassembled and fed back into TômTex production or fully biodegradable in a natural environment. We not only use various wastes as raw material inputs, but the production of TômTex also consumes significantly less water, energy, and land use compared to the standard production of synthetic or animal leather.
Aidan: It’s great to be here, Spiffy, thanks for having me! At Verdethos, we are tackling the agricultural supply chain using technology to make it more efficient and transparent. There are several commodities like palm oil and cocoa that sometimes are grown in unsustainable methods using child labor or slash and burn technique (for example). Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in understanding where their products are coming from and ensuring they are coming from growing areas that produce in sustainable methods. Our technology allows us to track the products across the supply chain and have a view of where the product is coming from.