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The Next Leather Jacket With Be Made Out of Mushrooms

Green Lifestyle  (tags: mushroom, biotech, leather, cattle farming, toxic, natural leather )

- 849 days ago -
Take cattle farming out of leather production and replace it with a more sustainable biotech alternative. From an environmental perspective, cows are costly to feed and raise, tanning their hides is toxic, and of course many see their slaughter as cruel.


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Ben O (135)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 11:24 am
A jacket made from cool is that...? : ~ )

Roger G (148)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 11:58 am
noted, thanks

David C (80)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 12:29 pm
cool, thank you!

Lone F (58)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 12:55 pm
Noted - brilliant - thanks dear Dandelion! Shared on FB

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 12:58 pm
Noted, Thank you

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:02 pm

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:02 pm

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:04 pm

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:05 pm

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:05 pm
Looks great too!

Marcella T (0)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 1:05 pm

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 2:23 pm
Noted, Thanks

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 3:17 pm
It looks beautiful as well, Dandelion.

Beth M (138)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 4:25 pm
It looks like leather and doesn't harm any cows. How good is that?

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 4:29 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
Very interesting! I wonder how it smells.....

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday October 25, 2016, 7:08 pm
Thank you Dandelion. This technology surely blows my mind. HOW beautiful too. Count me in! There are so many things we can do, but aren't. This is definitely one of those. Brilliant.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 5:00 am
The evidence of civilisation and wisdom

Animae C (507)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 5:09 am
i'm not really fussed about anything looking like 'leather' i have always preferred a nice soft vinyl.

TY Dande

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 6:34 am
Much better than leather. Now if we could just get other clothes and paper products to be made out of hemp, we'd save a lot of trees too!!!

Doris F (19)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 7:26 am
very good idea, tyfs Dandelion

Donna G (42)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 12:33 pm
It is an interesting technology. I wonder how much an ordinary handbag or wallet would cost. Most of the accessories I've purchased over the years have been compostable, if not biodegradable. When I used to order from Drs. Foster and Smith, I would get my purchases shipped to me packed in biodegradable packing peanuts. I mix them in the soil around my plants and they dissolve some every time I water. I am wondering just how biodegradable these mushroom leather products would be. I don't have many leather accessories now; but, have always liked them since they tended to be more durable than the plastic or vinyl ones. But, they are expensive, so I don't buy them unless I find them at the thrift store.

Glenville J Owen (0)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 12:43 pm
Cann't wait for manufacturers to make hiking boots from this material and also to take up Daniel Partlow's suggestion.

TOM T (247)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 12:59 pm
Interesting article and comments

TOM T (247)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 1:00 pm
Truly wish it to be so !!

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 2:57 pm
And if you are stuck in the woods you can eat it! (only kidding). I love mushrooms to eat and this is an interesting idea-certainly a lot less cruel.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 3:27 pm
Interesting. Thanks Dandelion

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 3:34 pm
Cool idea! Thanks for sharing Sheryl!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 7:23 pm
For anyone wanting a bit more information you can go to this video INFORMATIONAL VIDEO ON MUSHROOM LEATHER

At appox 3:45 the video speaks about costs - it is competitive now with high end leather and in the not to distant future it will drop in cost.

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 7:39 pm

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 10:27 pm
I do the same as AniMae, soft vinyl works for me. TY

Julie W (33)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 11:20 pm
I like the sound of this. Vinyl looks OK, but doesn't breathe - OK for bags I guess, but not to wear.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday October 26, 2016, 11:32 pm
I can think of several people who would love a mushroom leather bag like this.
I'd also seriously consider buy a mushroom leather wallet.

Joanne p (13)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 4:30 am

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 7:22 am

Lucia A (16)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 12:48 pm

Sheila D (194)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 1:12 pm
Love it! Have two old leather purses just gathering dust, but have gone to canvas rather than vinyl or anything plastic. Thanx Dandelion.

Bryan S (105)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 2:05 pm
Very cool! I'd pay a little more to get a mushroom jacket.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday October 27, 2016, 6:49 pm
The idea of "Simultaneously, the mushroom tissue can be manipulated as it’s growing. That means that while incubating, designers can add hardware like zippers and hooks right into the hide, adhere parts instead of stitching them together, or even change the texture of the material." -

I really like the way alternatives to leather are being developed! Did you see:
This Gorgeous, Sustainable "Leather" Is Made From Pineapple Waste ?

I do wonder about 2 things!
a) how they "stop" the mushroom growth .... for example, if one gets caught in the rain
b) What they're going to do with the skins of those masses of cattle in outsize ranches - who are going to become redundant if, on the first hand, their hides become almost worthless ... and on the other hand, if the vegetarians/ vegans win the day & persuade the majority of human kind that they should be kind, & not consume cattle not cattle by-products! (Because releasing them isn't viable - where, who to feed & care for them?? "uneconomic")


Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday October 28, 2016, 3:03 am
Thanks Sheryl.

Julie W (33)
Friday October 28, 2016, 3:28 am
Evelyn, If the day ever comes that the world turns vegetarian, it won't happen overnight. Cattle farming would be gradually phased out, bit by bit. Farmers would adjust to some other type of farming (?) . The scenario you paint will never happen.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday October 28, 2016, 7:37 am
Agree Julie, as there is less need for more cattle the farmers will start to scale down accordingly.

I do recall that story with the pineapple waste. Our Mother has provided for us everything we need. We must find ways to use these resources to work in a non toxic way and that we recycle these non toxic products.

Evelyn B (63)
Friday October 28, 2016, 11:00 am
In principle, I agree with you Julie & Dandelion ... But I raised that as a reminder of the $$$ interests of the mass production investors! It IS another side of the coin (and one with power - who won't be wild about pineapple waste and mushrooms treading successfully on their corner of the market!

Much as we've seen - not always recognised clearly - how serious alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy have been quashed or mocked, in order to undermine investment in them.

Cyn F (137)
Friday October 28, 2016, 11:59 am
Awesome! Noted with thanks :)

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday October 29, 2016, 8:18 am
While I agree with you on the "big" guy squashing out alternative methods, I think this is one that might make a bit of headway - because it is the buyer that will make the market and I think most people would buy leather if it looks and feels like leather but out of mushrooms.

It has been hard to move out of fossil fuels because they are a major player. We've had people killed here in the USA and their patterns missing afterwards on autos that ran on water. I think the only reason that Ford is alive is he went with steel and oil for his cars basically to save his life I suspect or maybe back then they paid him for his pattern or gave him a cut in the steel and oil industry. He had made a car that would be built with hemp and use hemp fuel to move it.

Afterwards the US Government made hemp illegal and started a campaign to call it marijuana, a term out of Mexico and made hemp now marijuana appear dangerous and sinister. Again making our neighbors to the south appear less than and criminal types. Making hemp illegal prevented it from being grown and the propaganda machine spun out many films making it appear that people go crazy if they were exposed to marijuana. To this day, the benefits of hemp are denied us, hemp that can be a renewable resource for all sorts of things from clothes, medicine, fuel and building material.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday October 29, 2016, 9:48 am
I didn't know that about Ford & hemp!! But that story is very much in line with other developments. E.g. The solar-powered vehicles that were being tested in California some 25 years ago - but couldn't get authorisations for being sold. The prototypes which had been very successful were destroyed (despite the keen interest of the companies who'd accepted to test them, & who wanted to buy them) ... And many "ordinary consumers" would love to buy solar-powered transport rather than rely on fossil fuels ...

I hadn't realised either that in the US they'd managed to conflate totally "Indian hemp" & marijuana ... elsewhere, it has always been used for certain products (such as ropes, sacks); the wider use for clothing etc is more recent.

(Until/unless Monsanto produce a GMO version, & then want a free market, the development of many of the uses will probably continue to be somewhat blocked - because in fact hemp could replace cotton in many products ... and avoid the dangers now being recognised in GMO cotton.

I read an article fairly recently warning about cotton & about glyphosate in unexpected places such as panty liners .... but can't find it! I did find an older one:
The Dirty Side of Cotton)

The alternative media are getting info out on alternatives ... be it for leather, energy etc etc ...
But it's not only the interest & will of buyers that helps swing open a "competitive" market - the 1% can muster financial & legal barriers ...
We have to be pro-active & determined consumers, ready to drop a few $$ on crowd-funding & spend a little more on principles!!

Trish K (29)
Saturday October 29, 2016, 10:08 am
It was not to long ago that packing materials were made of mushrooms and they were free. Now that they will be clothing they can jack up the prices. Wonder how they will make them waterproof, and since mushrooms love darkness and dank, will I end up with mildew or just a fungus infection ? LOL
If they must be treated with chemicals in order to be worn outside , what's the point unless they cost a nickel and so you can afford to replenish your wardrobe regularly. Seriously - hope it works.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday October 29, 2016, 2:09 pm
I just placed this video on Evelyn's profile page but the link is here if anyone else wants to view it.
Henry Ford And His Hemp Powered Hemp Car

Philippa Powers (10)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 2:48 am
Thanks, Dandelion.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 2:42 pm
Trish - that was also one of my first questions!
But they say they "tan" the material - without explaining whether this is vegetal tanning processes, tawing or what!!

And Dandelion - thanks for that video!

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 3:37 pm
Interesting article AND very interesting comments above by many CARE2ers

Raleighaway k (358)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 11:38 pm

Kathryn E (2)
Wednesday November 2, 2016, 3:46 pm
wonderful idea...hope this really takes off. Like fake fur, it will allow conscious consumers an ethical option. Thanks for sharing.

Melania Padilla (123)
Wednesday November 9, 2016, 11:21 am
I hope this gets popular very, very soon. Sharing
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