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Leading the charge in sustainable textile production, California-based startup Bolt Threads has developed a way to make spider silk and other insect fibers and spin them into yarn. In the process, the company has raised $50 million and secured a deal with lifestyle brand Patagonia.

Called Engineered Silk, Bolt Threads examined the genetic properties of spiders and in turn created a synthetic fiber made from sugar, water, salt and yeast. The video above does a great job of explaining the entire process.

New investments – led by Formation 8, Nan Fung and Innovation Endeavors – will be used to scale up manufacturing and hopefully get these fabrics in your arsenal sooner than later.

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