Humans have practiced leather making for over 7,000 years. Today, leather remains one of the most durable and versatile materials. However, an increasing number of consumers are beginning to avoid wearing products sourced from animals due to ethical concerns and the fact that it’s environmentally unsustainable.

The environmental consequences of current processing techniques have led manufacturers to create greener alternatives. Among them are scientists at VTT Technical Research Center in Finland, who have produced an alternative leather made from fungi. What’s more, they’ve demonstrated a new way to create continuous sheets of eco-friendly material at commercial scales.

VTT’s sustainable mycelium leather. (Credit: VTT)

Conventional leather production has a substantial environmental burden, with a carbon footprint of approximately 130 million tons annually. In addition, it involves vast amounts of land, water, and energy…

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