Mushrooms can grow a whole cowhide’s worth of leather in two months.
San Francisco-based start-up MycoWorks developed a method to grow mycelium into a leather-like material that can be used in the same way as animal skins.
Their low-tech alternative involves growing the mushroom-leather out of agricultural waste and by-products in a process that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and uses far fewer resources than farming livestock.
You can change the texture and look of the material and allow it to grow directly onto zippers and buttons, negating the need for sewing them on later. The materially is also breathable and naturally antibiotic