TômTex Series M —

TômTex Series M is a revolutionary non-woven bio-fabric that is biodegradable and has complete aesthetic versatility. It's 100% plant-based, petrochemical-free, plastic-free, and 100% naturally biodegradable. And it’s star ingredient: mushrooms.

TômTex Series M, like all other TômTex material, was created to offer designers a completely customizable textile that does not harm the planet.

At TômTex, we are working to challenge the status quo of our petroleum defined textile industry by introducing novel materials that engage circularity in a genuine way. We are working at the intersection of design, chemistry, and biology to create a material that is as luxurious as it is regenerative.

it’s star ingredient


Where does TômTex Series M come from?

TômTex’s cornerstone ingredient is chitosan, the second most abundant biopolymer on earth. In the TômTex Series M, we exclusively derive our chitosan from mushrooms, ensuring a 100% plant-based source.

In the last decade, mushrooms have risen as a promising material for regenerative design. A key aspect of mushroom’s chemical make-up is chitosan. TômTex understands that many customers are looking for truly plant-based alternatives for leather and other materials. TômTex wanted to create a fabric that could be both plant based and environmentally friendly as our early development stages showed us that most vegan leathers are made with petrochemicals.

TômTex works with mushroom farmers that use sustainable practices to grow their mushrooms like using low value materials and waste streams for their substrates. Some of these streams bring in materials that might usually be discarded, like hay, sawdust, chippings, and more to grow the mushrooms that are then sent to chitosan producers.

TômTex is dedicated to not only our own materials but the entire textile space. We are committed to connecting mushroom farmers with chitosan producers to close the loop and incentivize better, more ecological practices. We want all biological materials to be used to their fullest potential to create a world that is circular and regenerative.

Where have you seen TômTex Series M?

In 2023, TômTex worked with Dauphinette and Maitrepierre to bring looks to the London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week runways that were made of TômTex Series M. These looks featured TômTex Co.’s proprietary Series M fabric to display a material that is otherworldly yet durable, a clear version of TômTex’s Series M material.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the Series WS and M exhibit variations in performance based on their sources?
Regardless of their sources, the performance characteristics of both series materials remain identical.
What is the difference between Series WS and M?
Series WS and Series M differ in one key way: their source waste. Series WS is derived from seafood waste in which chitosan is extracted from the exoskeleton of the seafood. Series M is derived from timber waste that is used to farm mushrooms which offer their own source of chitosan. This means that TômTex can offer a vegan option in Series M. Despite their differences, both series of TômTex material offer the same aesthetic flexibility and environmental friendliness.
What’s the advantage?
TômTex was created to address the need for exceptional materials made without harming the planet. We offer designers creative freedom with fewer material constraints on size, pattern aesthetic, and scaling. And, our textile can suit the needs of nearly any industry. TômTex helps minimize environmental impacts with our transparent practices; our tanning-free process; our focus on organic dying practices and recyclability; and TômTex material’s 100% biodegradability. We are fascinated by how nature recycles all its materials and we work in collaboration with our organic materials to develop a regenerative textile that does not make designers choose between aesthetics and the environment.
How does TômTex material perform?
TômTex is highly customizable across size, pattern aesthetic, scaling, and performance characteristics. TômTex can look like leather, suede, vinyl, latex and so many more with attention paid to wearability and durability. To see TômTex material in action, check out our Where you’ve seen TômTex section on our website.
Does TômTex material contain plastic or petrochemicals?
No, TômTex never contains plastic, petrochemicals, or toxins commonly found in plastic-derived materials like polyester, vinyl, and nylon for example. TômTex is based on the idea that the materials that make our life should not exist at the expense of the environment. TômTex materials are made with bio-based materials that result in a product that is biodegradable and completely customizable.
What is TômTex material?
TômTex is a revolutionary non-woven biofabric that uses waste streams to create exceptional materials that can be customized for any one and any need. We invest in circularity through our nature-driven design and our attention to responsibly sourcing our ingredients from manufacturers that respect communities and the planet. TômTex currently offers TômTex Series WS and M which are both 100% naturally biodegradable and have no plastic, no tanning, no toxins, and no petrochemicals.