Posted by Unicorn Goods
We've heard of pineapple leather, kombucha leather, wood leather, and even mushroom leather. But what about real leather grow in test tubes? This is what the venture-backed startup Modern Meadow is in the process of manufacturing. While the collagen-based material that Modern Meadow creates isn't vegan — the production process starts with cells taken from animals — the end result is a synthetically produced, scalable alternative to leather that can be used as a replacement for animal-grown hides.
Modern Meadow has raised over $50 million in funding, recently closing a $40 million Series B round to commercialize biofabricated leather. The company launched in 2011 and is based in Brooklyn.