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When Fashion is Fungal

“Reishi is not leather. Reishi is more than leather,” said Matt Scullin, chief executive of MycoWorks.

“We’re sort of limited by the vernacular right now. It feels like leather, it looks like leather, so we talk about it as leather, but it’s not leather.”

Tests show that Reishi outperforms leather in strength and matches leather in durability and appearance, the company said. Beyond being a viable material for fashion, it might provide a better solution for the planet.

“The leather and plastic-leather industries comprise one percent of global carbon emissions,” said Scullin. “I think the impact we can make with Reishi alone is actually quite significant.”

Read the full article on The Washington Post