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 technology used to manufacture their material; mechanical/chemical, mycelial growth, microbial cultivation, precision fermentation, and cell cultivation. Not every technology is appropriate for every material type. Silk alternatives, for example, are unlikely to be made with mycelium, because precision fermentation allows for a far better product. For more on how we define these technologies and on our selection process, please see the link below.

LEATHER

Leather Alternatives

MECHANICAL/CHEMICAL

Amadou

AppleSkin

Articor

Bambuflex

BarkTex

beLEAF

Beyond Leather

Biophilica

MYCELIAL GROWTH

Bio2Materials

Desserto

Fruitleather Rotterdam

La Salva

Mirum

Mulbtex

Muskin

Nuvi Nomad

PRECISION

FERMENTATION

Modern Meadow

Provenance Bio

Ono

Palmleather

Pinatex

Pretty Simple

Seringueira

Ultraleather Volar Bio

Ultrasuede HP

Vegea

MICROBIAL CULTIVATION

LeQara

Karu

Malai

Phool

Texticel

CELL CULTIVATION

SILK

Silk Alternatives

MECHANICAL/CHEMICAL

PRECISION FERMENTATION

WOOL

Wool/Yarn Alternatives

MECHANICAL/CHEMICAL

FUR

Fur Alternatives

MECHANICAL/CHEMICAL

Eco Fur by House of Fluff

Koba by Ecopel

DOWN

EXOTIC SKINS

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