Horse world saying “neigh” to cow leather as VTT trots out mushroom alternative 

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In Finland, the equestrian industry can barely rein in their excitement as advances in the production of alternative leather made of mushroom could mean greener tack in their future.  

Currently, most equestrian gear, such as halters, reins, and saddles, is made from cow hide leather. Work at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland could provide a similarly durable material that is cruelty-free and environmentally friendly. After overcoming size limitations of its production process, the Centre is now able to produce large sheets of vegan leather sheets from mycelium at consistent quality and with lower costs and waste.  

According to VTT’s Senior Scientist Géza Szilvay, the material can be made as strong as animal leather. The work is funded by Business Finland.