Leather Jacket Could Be Made Of Mushrooms
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Sustainable biotech alternatives are absolute trend this time. There are so many inventions and for some of them it is hard to believe that they are true. Imagine leather made of mushrooms.
Replacing leather products that we know, with more sustainable substitutes, sounds very good actually.Looking from an environmental perspective, animals cause costs mainly for feeding and taking care about them. On the other side, many find their slaughter as cruel.
Yet we are addicted to the luxurious feel of leather weather it is a jacket or interior of a car. In order to satisfy both sides -- prevent the cruel slaughter of animals and still keep the admiration of leather, Modern Meadow company made an attempted to grow leather directly from the dense root structure of mushrooms.
“It is actually the skin of the mushroom,” says Phil Ross, artist and founder of Mycoworks.
Simultaneously, the mushroom tissue can be manipulated as it’s growing. That means that while incubating, designers can add hardware like zippers and hooks right into the hide, adhere parts instead of stitching them together, or even change the texture of the material, report from Popular Science.
Producing this alternative kind of leather is not completely simple comparing to the conventional method, though requires less energy, has a smaller environmental impact than cow leather and is biodegradable. Mycelia (dense root structure of mushrooms)need to be grown under varying conditions including, humidity and temperature, after what it is needed to tan the resulting fungal mat.
Ross and his team has developed and improved the technique so that they are able to make leather that looks and feels like snake, cow or ostrich skins and has the plasticity that cannot be found in animal hide.
Our diverse team of scientists, designers, and engineers collaborate to produce sustainable leather materials. Starting with living cells, we grow collagen, the same natural protein found in animal skin, assemble it into a sheet material, and then finish it in a simplified tanning process. We call this ‘biofabrication’. Leather as you’ve never seen before, say from the company.
Their aim is to change the way we think about leather, believing that the future of leather products is animal-free.
Source: Popular Science