INNOVATORS

 

OVERVIEW

The Material Innovation Initiative works with entrepreneurs, scientists, and material companies to develop sustainable and animal-free alternatives to leather, silk, wool, down, fur, and exotic skins. Our landscapes below provide an overview of companies producing animal-free alternatives of these six materials. These landscapes are not intended to be a comprehensive view of market developments. A number of companies and entrepreneurs have asked to remain confidential.

 

Each company is categorized by the main input (>50%) used to make the material: plant-derived, mycelium, cultured animal cells, micro-derived, recycled material, blend.

 

Not every input is appropriate for every material type. Next-gen silk is unlikely to be made with mycelium, for example. For definitions of these inputs and information on our selection process, please see the link below.

 

PLANT-DERIVED

Amadou Mushroom Leather

Ananas Anam: Piñatex

Articor Cork Products

Bambuflex

BarkTex

Beyond Leather: Leap™
Bio2Materials

Biophilica: Treekind™

C-Combinator
Coopflora

Desserto

Fiquetex
Fiscatech: E-ULTRA®, Fly Tela Eco, RINNOVA

Fruitleather Rotterdam
Frumat: ​​Appleskin™
Genuinely Not Leather

Gunas New York: Mulbtex
Grado Zero Innovation: Muskin™

ISA TanTec: COSM™ HyphaLite, VeraLite

Jord: Suberhide™

Lignopure: LignoLeather
Luckynelly

Natural Fiber Welding: Mirum

Nova Kaeru: beLEAF
Nuvi Nomad: Teak Leaf leather
Ohoskin

Oleago: Oleatex™

Ono Collaborations

Panama Trimmings: Viridis®

Pretty Simple

Proyecto Menos es Más: Bambuflex©

Seringueira

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven: Palmleather
Vegskin

Von Holzhausen: Technik Leather, Banbū Leather

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CULTURED

Faircraft

Qorium

VitroLabs

MICROBE-DERIVED

Bioleather

Biotecam: Texticel

Bucha Bio: Bucha Leather
Karu: Tilex

LeQara

MakeGrowLab: TransLeather™

Malai

Modern Meadow
Modern Synthesis

​Newlight: AirCarbon™
Patent Shoes: BacLEATHER™

Phool: Fleather

Provenance Bio
Scoby Tec

BLEND

Coronet: BioVeg, Maison, Innovaction

General Silicones: Compo-SiL®
Gucci: Demetra
Sileather

Toray: Palmleather

Ultrafabrics: Ultraleather® Volar Bio

 
 
 

PLANT-DERIVED

Devo Home

RECYCLED MATERIAL

Culthread

Unreal Fur

BLEND

Ecopel: KOBA® Faux fur

House of Fluff: BIOFUR™

 

PLANT-DERIVED

Flocus

Grado Zero Innovation: BioGreen Padding

Pangaia: FLWRDWN™

RECYCLED MATERIAL

Primaloft Bio

Save the Duck: Recycled Plumtech®
3M: Thinsulate™ Insulation Featherless
Thermore: Ecodown®

MICROBE-DERIVED

 

CULTURED ANIMAL CELLS

VitroLabs