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Making a novel, beautiful alternative to leather

Raising livestock for meat and leather is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To create a sustainable alternative to leather, MycoWorks engineers strains of mycelium — the root structures of fungus — to create tightly interwoven fibers with tunable properties. MycoWorks’ Fine Mycelium, sold under the Reishi brand, is stronger than traditional mushroom leather” and as strong as cowhide leather, and is already being used in commercial fashion products such as handbags.

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