Leather made from fungi ‘eco-friendlier and cheaper’ than animal and plastic alternatives

Fungi-based leather releases less carbon emissions into the atmosphere and is fully biodegradable when used in its pure form

Leather substitutes made from fungi could be eco-friendlier and cheaper than animal and plastic alternatives.

That's the suggestion from researchers at the University of Vienna, Imperial College London and RMIT University in Australia, who believe leather made from fungi has “considerable potential” to be the "best leather substitute" in terms of both sustainability and cost.

Unlike traditional leather, which is associated with deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and the use of hazardous chemicals for tanning processes, synthetic leather is generally made from polyurethane or PVC - however, these plastics are made from fossil fuels and are not biodegradable.

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