An Italian fabric manufacturer has created MuSkin, an animal-free, cruelty free, mushroom-based leather. The 100-percent biodegradable textile made material by GradoZero Espace, is extracted from Chinese mushroom caps. In the process the faux-suede undergoes a natural tanning process the company says is completely chemical free.
MuSkin can produce everything from purses, watchstraps, shoe insoles, hats, and lampshades using its groundbreaking technology. MuSkin, which GradoZero Espace describes as being softer than suede, breathable, pliable, and ideal for direct skin contact. According to the company, the material also deters the proliferation of bacteria, while having “the strong capacity to absorb moisture, and then release it.” MuSkin’s advent follows cruelty-free leathers made from kombucha and pineapple.
This is exciting technology in the plant-based apparel world. Thank you MuSkin!