Redefining Leather: This Company Uses Mushrooms To Create Sustainable Alternatives In Fashion

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By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

MycoWorks is a company that is “good for people” and “great for the Earth.” The founders are from some of the world’s leading teaching and research institutions such as Stanford University and Berkeley University. They came together to innovate a product that doesn’t rely on animal consumption. Using one of nature’s most abundant resources – mushrooms, they have found a way to manufacture leather.

“We love the qualities of leather, but it’s a resource–intensive product that is tied to the livestock industry. At MycoWorks, we found a solution in nature.”

“We have created a new kind of leather grown rapidly from mycelium and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process. Our custom-engineered material is sustainable, versatile, and animal-free. Best of all, it feels and performs like leather.”

The material is water-resistant, breathable and unlike animal hides, it can be grown to nearly any size and shape. The vegan leather can be soft, hard, flexible or even sewable, making it a biodegradable alternative that seeks to solve today’s greatest challenges. This company has shown us first hand that it can help build a better world with nature’s best tools.

In this video entitled ‘The Funghi in Your Future’, Phillip Ross, MycoWorks CEO explains the manufacturing process in greater detail.

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