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MycoWorks: Using Mycelium to Create Cruelty-Free Leather

I know that it sounds crazy, but have you ever imagined having authentic leather pieces of clothes that do not include killing animals? California-based company, MycoWorks, was created by a group of young artists in 2013 with the brilliant idea of producing fine leather from an eco-friendly material called mycelium.

Mycelium is known as a mushroom fungal material beautiful white web that can be used in many ways. Because it is multicellular, it can be used to develop many environmental products such as leather, soundproof panels, and even as a replacement for flooring. With that in mind, MycoWorks aims to build a sustainable fashion and helped produce the first eco-friendly leather without killing animals.

MycoWorks
Image: Carla Tramullas / MycoWorks

This revolutionary innovation will bring new opportunities for the designers and engineers to produce more and more materials based on mycelium. CEO of MycoWorks Matt Scullin has confirmed that their company’s Reishi leather can exchange even the finest animal leather without any problem.

Process of production

Every day is a new day to think about sustainable ways of living which is what MycoWorks has been doing with their use of mycelium. The company has made use of its excellent properties since it can quickly build up a whole organism in a brief period. Biotechnology nowadays has created a mechanism that can use this to develop materials with beneficial properties.

MycoWorks
Image: Coppi Barbieri / MycoWorks

As a cruelty-free option, reducing gas emission and low environmental cost, growing mycelium is the best option to lower energy consumption. MycoWorks owners know that they started a new way of living, and they will continue growing and using Reishi for more considerable progress in the fashion industry and biotechnology engineering.

Their products are composable and avoid killing animals to produce fashion pieces. MycoWorks have created a beautiful alternative way to combine fashion and nature ideally. You can look at this video to see how this Fine mycelium develops an ideal solution to save the planet.


YouTube: MycoWorks Fine Mycelium™ vs. Mushroom Leather

Photo credit: The images are owned by MycoWorks and have been provided for press usage.
Source: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology

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Silvana Koleva
Silvana Koleva
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