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The Future of The Fashion Industry Is Here and It’s Made With Biology

With their 100% biodegradable materials, MycoWorks is challenging the conventional leather industry by turning fungi and agricultural byproducts into leather. The process of turning skin into leather (tanning) dates back to 2200 BC and has not evolved much since, except for in the 19th century, when chrome tanning, an alternative to the conventional vegetable tanning was invented in order to streamline the manufacturing process. Today the leather industry has a huge negative impact on our environment through its massive energy consumption and the effluent of harmful chemicals and byproducts. In the production of livestock, tremendous amounts of fossil fuels are consumed and leather derived from cows has nearly three times the negative environmental impact in comparison to synthetic alternatives, including polyurethane (PU) leather. With MycoWorks’ technology leather production can be done in a fraction of the time, with a fraction of the resources in a sustainable, customizable and natural way.

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