Adelaide, SA, Australia
Circular Economy Solver 2019
Our “Impact Measurement” refers to an assessment of impacts from our industrial processes in manufacturing bio-based commercial products for consumers. The Impact Measurement tool is designed to measure performance over time and to allow our company to continuously improve the way we deliver products to the market.
What We Measure
We measure greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, directly and indirectly, resulted from Mycotech’s industrial processes (operational activities); also known as carbon footprint measurement. A baseline is set up for us to keep track of our emissions over time as production might grow exponentially. The baseline will help the company to benchmark to similar manufactures and practices and to create internal efficiency policy and or to find low-carbon intensity solutions to better manufacture our products.
We calculate direct emissions (Scope 1) from the combustion of fuels and natural gas controlled/owned assets; fugitive emissions from unintentional leakage of GHG that released from refrigerants.
We calculate indirect emissions (Scope 2) from purchased electricity.
We calculate indirect emissions (Scope 3) from upstream and downstream emissions (extraction and distribution losses) of fuels, natural gas, electricity, waste, water, staff travel, and suppliers.
As mentioned above, Mycotech commits to measure GHG emissions from its industrial processes as our basis of measuring impacts. GHG are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. Since the industrial revolution around 1750, the atmospheric concentrations of some GHG have been affected significantly and directly by human activities namely carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3), and synthetic gases, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This additional GHG in the atmosphere are contributing to global warming and to associated climatic changes. It is therefore important to measure our activities and take actions to avoid and reduce GHG emissions.
Mycotech has decided to measure its baseline from the company’s Kickstarter period of March 2019 to September 2019. The organisational boundary of Mycotech is eco-factory (1800 m2) and shared office (8.64 m2) with 22 Full-Time Employee; 4 Part-Time Employee, and 5 Non-Staff.
Consumption of petrol from company cars; refrigerant leakage; LPG
Electricity consumption from eco-factory and averaged shared office
Vendor/suppliers delivery travels; staff commuting and travels; waste; water
Total GHG Emission
Scope 1 & 2 from Q2 - Q3 2019
Standard We Use
the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard published by The World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
National GHG emissions factors to calculate emissions sources of Mycotech. An emission factor is defined as the average emission rate of a given GHG for a given source, relative to units of activity (an emission factor is a representative value that attempts to relate the quantity of a pollutant released to the atmosphere with an activity associated with the release of that pollutant).
Accountability and transparency
As part of our commitment to global sustainability movement for fashion and construction materials, we are committed to reduce inefficient use of resources, to reduce by-product waste, and pledged to sell environmentally friendly products to our consumers. Through this carbon footprint measurement, we are committed to transparently publish result of our industrial processes (operational activities). In addition, we declare our support for fair work representation of farmers and workers involved in manufacturing Mycotech products. Most importantly, we are open for feedback to better improve our production lines.
The concept of our products Mycelium Leather (Mylea) and Biobo is based upon sustainable design principles i.e. minimizing negative impacts to the environment without sacrificing quality and functionality. We realized this is best done by utilizing agriculture waste as the majority of raw ingredients of our products.
Furthermore, a by-product from our mycelium leather (Mylea) is up-cycled onto a bio-based particle board (Biobo). All of our products use mycelium as the binding agent, that we can assure it is as much safer than conventional formaldehyde binded particle board [test result] .
Future action to support the circular economy
A circular economy seeks to eliminate waste and to keep resources in a continually flowing loop. One of the essential elements for a circular economy is to design and manufacture products that are made from recycled materials (rather than virgin resources), that can be repaired and/or recycled back into the system.
As carbon footprint measurement is our first step to measure our industrial processes (operational activities), we are committed to further analyze each of our product’s lifecycle impact (cradle to cradle). We hope the result will justify the pricing mechanism of our products which will incorporate costs to remediate negative impacts on the environment from our lifecycle processes. These pricing components will be made available to the public in the future.
Number of Farmers
Mycotech partnering with the local mushroom farmer in the region in order to supply growing feedstock
Mushroom farmers we work with is dominated by women
Number of Agricultural
mushroom leather and panel are growing on the agricultural waste substrate which collected from local supplier
Chromium is a common toxic chemical found in leather tanning. Mylea tanning process is 1000x lesser than leather that usually produces 30 mg/l chromium in wastewater.
(Standard : SNI 6989.17.2009 )