Future of the Environment

Vegan leather made from mushrooms could mould the future of sustainable fashion

With climate change at the forefront of societal change, we look to the fashion industry to do its part. Image: Unsplash/Florian van Duyn

Mitchell P. Jones

Postdoctoral researcher, Vienna University of Technology

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According to 2019 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 49% of all Australian farms carry beef cattle and these manage more than 79% of all agricultural land. Image: freestocks.org/Pexels
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Going from fungal spores on a Petri dish (left) to a natural fungal mat (right) takes just a couple of weeks. Image: Antoni Gandia
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MOGU is one company producing materials and products from fungal mycelium. Image: Ars Electronica/Flickr
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US-based startup Bolt Threads has used myceliym leather to successfully create products such as this bag. Image: Bolt Threads
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