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Bolt Threads

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018

Founded in 2009, Bolt Threads is a bioengineering company whose goal is to create new materials and products for the global textile market. The fashion industry is among the world’s most polluting and this begins with the cultivation of raw materials, like cotton, wool, and silk, which are resource intensive. Bolt Threads wants to manufacture these materials sustainably in labs. In 2017, it produced its first lab-grown spider silk, a strong and high-performance fiber, which was then spun into a tie. The company has caught the attention of environmentally conscious fashion designer Stella McCartney, who is now using spider silk in her collections. In 2017, the company landed $123 million in funding to expand by making these fibers mainstream.

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