Coltivo la pelle di MUSHROOMS per fare borse e scarpe

BUSINESSMEN who grow leather from MUSHROOMS have raised £725k in investments to make their dream a reality.

Patrick Baptista Pinto, 28, met his co-founder Matt Millar aged 14 while playing rugby.

Patrick Baptista Pinto, 28, and Matt Millar grow leather from MUSHROOMS

Patrick Baptista Pinto, 28, and Matt Millar grow leather from MUSHROOMSCredito: Really Clever
Patrick and Matt set up their company Really Clever - and began manufacturing leather from mushrooms

Patrick and Matt set up their company Really Cleverand began manufacturing leather from mushroomsCredito: Really Clever

The pair remained pals and went to Nottingham Trent University togetherwhere they set up a dessert delivery firm from Matt’s mum’s kitchen.

But Matt and Patrick shared a bigger vision, namelyleaving the planet cleaner than they found it.

On reading about the impact of leather on the the environment, the men were inspired to act.

Patrick and Matt set up their company Really Cleverand began manufacturing a rather unusual, affordable and vegan leather alternative.

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Bovine leatherused to fashion high-end jackets, bags and shoeshas the highest environmental impact of all fabrics.

So the men instead use myceliumroot of funghiwhich grows in just three weeks.

It requires minimal energy, water and light, meaning it can be produced at scale quickly and cost effectively.

They sell the faux leather to the apparel sector who sell it onto fashion brands.

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Designers can then create guilt-free shoes, wallets and handbagswithout the hefty price tag.

Patrick told The Sun: “I really sat down to understand what was it that we wanted to do.

And it just came back to sustainability. I’ve been the same since I was 12 Anni – and ‘save the turtles’.

Neither Matt nor Patrick come from science backgroundsmeaning they had to do some serious research on how to achieve their goals.

Being non-technical founderswe don’t have scientific degrees or technical backgroundswe did what any entrepreneur does which is try to look at the perspective of what’s going on,” Ha aggiunto.

Most importantly, where was consumer sentiment and behaviour really changing and shifting.

Patrick and Matt realised removing dairy from the supply chain was a huge focus for shoppers.

Egli ha detto: “We understood the problem we initially wanted to addressthe difficult part was which technology we wanted to build.

That journey really started in the Google Scholar rabbit hole. We read 50 per 60 articles in scientific journals.

We then contacted all those scientists to get a broad perspective on how the technology and the space works.

We believed that the potential applications of sustainable future products would be driven by fungi.

The pair quickly got a team of scientists togetherand they came up with the technology.

Funding then followedwith the firm raising £725k from investors.

They now hope to get £7.2m in funds as the business grows.

And they’re looking to expand their fashion-based business into other industriesincluding motors to make an alternative to leather seats

By making just shy of 20,000 square metres of material a year, we can actually provide the industry that is to a price, and more importantly a performance,” he went on.

Our material is so bio-based you could eat it.

I wouldn’t recommend itbut you can see the quality of products we use in our factories.

To learn more about the pair’s work, view their website Qui.

The men instead use mycelium - root of funghi - which grows in just three weeks

The men instead use myceliumroot of funghiwhich grows in just three weeksCredito: Really Clever
Patrick met his co-founder Matt Millar aged 14 while playing rugby

Patrick met his co-founder Matt Millar aged 14 while playing rugbyCredito: Really Clever