Making shoes from … mushrooms?

With each passing year, we humans are able to witness new developments in technology and innovation that surpass any previous findings. It is pretty spectacular that our fascination, admiration and appreciation of a new development can be quickly redirected towards the newest and best thing, and it goes to show how far we have come in terms of producing new findings and creations.

In the past few years, there has been tremendous advancement in determining ways in which things can be manufactured in a more environmentally-friendly manner, which is good because global warming doesn’t seem to be slowing its pace at any point in the near future. These sorts of advancements have been inventive, resourceful and creative, and I imagine what is to come in future years will be just as incredulous.

With that, I would like to share with all of you a recent development in the realm of creating shoes. According to an article from The Good News Network, Adidas is planning on launching a shoe made of – get this -mushroom leather.

“As part of a 2021 sustainability initiative from Europe’s largest sportswear manufacturer, the new Stan Smiths will be entirely vegan, and created using mycelium: that is, the vegetative part of fungi that produces mushrooms.

“On December 28, the German multinational announced that ‘adidas seeks to break new ground: Together with partners, adidas is developing a new material, a purely biological leather alternative made from mycelium, and will use it for the very first time in the creation of footwear.’

“This isn’t the company’s first foray into vegan footwear. In 2020, Adidas launched plant-based versions of several classic sneakers, which quickly became bestsellers. Now it’s completely renounced the use of fur in all products, and it’s working with partners on other sustainability projects that include recycling cotton and developing a “particularly climate-friendly running shoe” as part of a drive that will see 60% of all Adidas products in 2021 being made with sustainable materials.

“To create their mushroom-leather shoes, Adidas is working with the biotech startup Bolt Threads, which partners with many global brands such as Stella McCartney and Lululemon in the quest to bring its vegan vision to the masses,” the article says.

I encourage you to check out the full article as this is pretty unbelievable stuff. Who knew mushrooms could do so much?

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