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Strength of plants

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Promoted by stars like the current James Bond songwriter and Matrix actor, the vegan lifestyle is more than just a trend.

Now a Beirut clinic is acknowledging the health and environmental benefits and going all-in as the first ever vegan hospital. The plant-based diet is said to accelerate the healing process and reverse certain illnesses.

One of its core ingredients has already starred as raw material for sound barriers, coffins and, most recently, handbags. Yes, it’s mushrooms, or rather the mycelium inside.

A bio-technology firm founded by artists has developed a special growth process to make the fungus extra durable. Their material is as strong and hard-wearing as cowhide, leading to a collaboration with Hermès.

Naturally elegant.

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