IPO Education Foundation: Inventor of the Yea...
IPO Education Foundation

Inventor of the Year award to NFW

(Source: IPO)
(Source: IPO)

IPO Education Foundation (IPOEF) bestowed the prestigious Inventor of the Year award to Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) heads Luke Haverhals and Aaron Amstutz. Pioneers in sustainability, the 2 have led innovation in eliminating global pollution by creating materials free of plastics and petrochemicals with leather alternative Mirum and synthetic fiber replacement Clarus.
Joining a small and exclusive class of Inventor of the Year award recipients, including CRISPR-CAS9 inventors and developers of the mRNA technology used in Covid-19 vaccines, Haverhals and Amstutz have produced durable, sustainable alternatives used by major apparel and automotive brands.
Natural Fiber Welding (NFW), Peoria, IL/USA, produce Mirum with low impact ingredients that are efficiently mixed, molded and shaped directly into materials. NFW’s patented production systems are categorically unique and directly produce materials from abundant biomass, thus using no plastics. By utilizing regenerative farming practices, carbon can be lowered by building healthy soil through photosynthesis.
Clarus technologies give brands the option to use natural materials, such as mechanically recycled cotton, to create high-performance fabrics. NFW can utilize natural materials that, until now, have been considered “waste” and seen limited adoption.
The Inventor of the Year award will be presented at the 2022 IPOEF Awards on December 9, 2022, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC/USA.

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