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Natural Fiber Welding

Transforming the soft-goods material industry from petroleum addiction and linear life-cycles to plant-based, inherent circularity

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Luke Haverhals

Founder & CEO at Natural Fiber Welding

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Employees 51–100
Headquarters Peoria, Illinois, United States
Natural Fiber Welding is unlocking the power of plants and catalyze the new era of uncompromising materials and textiles. Nothing is more abundant on planet Earth than plant matter, which is unrivaled in its ability to meet the needs of the world's population. By leveraging the diversity and abundance of plants, NFW provides the world with a sustainable and circular material supply chain by making composites from renewable nutrients. From recycled cotton in performance fabrics to leather-like materials that contain no petrochemicals nor any plastics, NFW is transforming the soft-goods industry with their closed loop technologies. NFW is scaling automated fabrication platforms that are speeding humanity’s transition from petroleum-dependency and linear life-cycles to plant-based inherent circularity, creating a more sustainable future.

Notable Achievements

  • Partnered with Porsche supplier, Motherson, to develop a trim for the Porsche Taycan made with NFW's vegan, leather substitute - Mirum.
  • Announced 110,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and plan to add 100 jobs for production of their Mirum plant-based leather in 2021.
  • Secured minority investment from Ralph Lauren Corporation to scale their Clarus recycled fiber technology into performance apparel.

Currently Operating in Four Regions

Press Mentions

July 7, 2021

Meet the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2021

July 15, 2021

Natural Fiber Welding Raises $15M in Funding

February 25, 2021

Allbirds Is About to Get Into Plant Leather — Here’s What That Means & Why You Should Care

February 11, 2021

The Circulars Accelerator

February 9, 2021

Natural Fiber Welding Builds Dedicated Mirum® Production Facility

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