Takeaways:

  • Plant-based leather helps upcycle an existing waste stream, disconnects from the cattle industry and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Major fashion brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga have invested in the Californian lab-grown leather startup VitroLabs.
  • The lab-grown leather ivolves the cultivation of stem-cells  to replicate animal hides and create a material that is as strong and long-lasting as conventional leather.

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