Modern Meadow Raises $40 Million for Cruelty-Free, "Biofabricated" Leather
The days of using animal skin in fashion may be coming to an end. Modern Meadow, a start-up based in Brooklyn, is making headlines after hitting $40 million in investments to create animal-free leather.
Their process, called biofabrication, involves designing and assembling collagen and other proteins. These proteins, built from the ground up, can be made into a material that is “biologically identical” to traditional leathers. In addition to giving the cold shoulder to cruel animal industries, the process also eliminates the need for removing hair, flesh, and fat from hides, creating a more environmentally friendly product.
Modern Meadow will use the investments to scale up their mission, including expanding its NY-based lab and design studio, creating its first factory, and hiring more employees. The company hopes to break into the booming leather accessories industry by offering a genuine-feeling alternative to existing synthetic materials. A future where pineapple leather, mushroom skin leather, kombucha leather, and lab-grown leather rise above the original is an exciting vision!
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