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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 201–500
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 prototype of MIRUM® trim for the Porsche Taycan as part of a startup autobahn event.
  • 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 Three Regions

Press Mentions

July 7, 2021

Meet the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2021

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July 27, 2023

Natural Fiber Welding reducing their staff size after restructuring

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November 18, 2022

Why leather alternatives don’t necessarily meet ‘animal friendly’ standards

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November 24, 2021

Purpose At Work: How Unreasonable Collaborates With Barclay’s To Give Businesses An “Unreasonable” Advantage

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July 15, 2021

Natural Fiber Welding Raises $15M in Funding

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February 25, 2021

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

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Work at Natural Fiber Welding

Posted September 25, 2023

Senior Financial Analyst


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Posted September 25, 2023

Quality Control Specialist

Peoria, IL, USA

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Posted September 14, 2023

Machine Operators

Peoria, IL, USA

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Posted September 14, 2023

Production Team Member - MIRUM

Peoria, IL, USA

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Posted September 9, 2023

Industrial Maintenance Supervisor

Peoria, IL, USA

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Posted August 11, 2023

Polymer Scientist

Peoria, IL, USA

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Posted July 28, 2023

Pilot Team Supervisor- MIRUM

Peoria, IL, USA

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