Italian textile manufacturer Grado Zero Espace has developed a vegetable-based material similar to suede

The Italian textile manufacturer Grado Zero Espace has used a skin extracted from giant mushroom caps to create a leather-like material. Muskin is processed in a similar way to leather, using tanning, but is completely natural.

The vegetable-based material is said to feel similar to suede but much softer and could be used as an alternative to leather in various products as nonprofit Sustainable Angle‘s photo above reveals.

It is breathable and water-repellent, with lab tests confirming it could deliver great performance. The absence of chemicals makes it non-toxic, so Muskin is ideal for use in items that come into direct contact with the skin such as shoes, bags and watch straps.

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