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‘World’s First’ Lab Grown Leather Backed By Kering Bags $46 Million Series A

4 Mins Read French-based luxury fashion corporation Kering has announced it has backed San Francisco’s VitroLabs, a biotech startup that has created a platform for growing highly scalable, cultivated animal-derived leather that is environmentally superior to its conventional counterpart. VitroLabs just announced the closing of a $46 million Series A funding round led by Agronomics with participation by […]

A Complete Guide To Natural Vegan Leather: From Mushroom to Cactus

4 Mins Read As consumers become increasingly conscious of their fashion choices, the industry is scrambling to switch to more animal-free and vegan leather to retain their share in the quickly shifting market. According to a recent report, the global vegan leather sector will balloon to US$89 billion by 2025, with the majority of the growth led by […]

Are Bottles Made From Sugar A Sweet Solution to the Plastic Crisis? Maybe.

4 Mins Read In the effort to curb plastic waste, scientists from the U.K.’s University of Birmingham and Duke University say they’ve succeeded in turning elements found in sugar alcohols into what they claim is degradable and recyclable bioplastic. The researchers created two new types of polymers from the sugar bases, iodide and isomannide. Isomannide can be developed […]

Investors Back Seaweed Packaging Innovators As Plastic Waste Crisis Creates Demand For Sustainable Alternatives

4 Mins Read As consumer dissatisfaction with traditional plastic packaging grows stronger and as the global plastic waste crisis continues to worsen daily, a slew of new material science startups are looking to algae for solutions, and investors are pouring money into the nascent space. Over the past few months, three seaweed-based packaging companies from the US and […]

Australia’s WOA, the ‘World’s Lowest Carbon Milk’, Raises $20 Million

3 Mins Read Australia’s Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) announced it has raised $20 million to support a move to domestic plant-based production for its low carbon oat milk. Funding was raised through share purchases, both institutional and individual, and will be used to construct a new manufacturing facility focussed on oat milk. Additional funds will be diverted to […]

This Japanese Startup’s Animal-Free ‘Brewed Protein’ Biomaterials Replaces Cashmere and Wool

3 Mins Read Could brewing protein for biomaterials become the future of fashion? Japanese biotech Spiber thinks so.  Conscious consumerism is on the rise, with sustainable cruelty-free fabrics becoming trendier day by day. But while brands have plenty of leather alternatives to choose from, there remains an innovation gap when it comes to replacements for other animal-based textiles, […]

Pangaia Launches Sustainable Denim Jeans Made From Wild Himalayan Nettle Fiber 

5 Mins Read The latest in sustainable fashion is denim made from wild Himalayan nettle. Instead of using resource-intensive cotton, Pangaia just launched a new collection of jeans and jackets made from a new kind of denim blend, one that contains nettle fibre. New York-based sustainable fashion brand Pangaia just added yet another new fabric to its diverse […]

Kering Breaks Up with Fur For Good As Luxury Fashion Shifts To Cruelty-Free

3 Mins Read Luxury fashion group Kering has pledged to ditch fur across all its brands, as high-end labels face greater scrutiny over animal welfare and environmental practices. From late 2022, none of Kering’s brands, including Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, will feature animal fur in collections, amid the group’s push to “take the lead in […]

These Sunglasses Are Made From Captured Carbon Emissions

3 Mins Read There’s no shortage of innovation in sustainable fashion, with brands making bags out of mushroom leather and clothing from recycled plastic bottles. But what about sustainable eyewear? Prepare to be impressed, because sunglasses are now featuring lenses made with carbon capture technology. British sustainable fashion brand Pangaia has just debuted its new eyewear collection, featuring […]

Swiss Big Food Trio Team Up To Build Cell-Based Meat Factory

3 Mins Read Three of Switzerland’s largest food companies, Givaudan, Bühler and Migros, are now joining forces to build a new cell-based meat factory. Located in Zurich, the Cultured Food Innovation Hub will house a pilot production plant, as well as R&D facilities dedicated to the creation of novel cell-based and precision fermentation protein products. Three Swiss food […]

Oslo Startup Secures Funds For Fungi Food and Materials Solutions

3 Mins Read NoMy has announced the closing of a seed funding round to accelerate its fungi-powered sustainable solutions. Based in Oslo, the Norwegian startup uses fungal mycelium to develop alternatives for everything from food to materials, such as alternative meat and bioplastics.  NoMy has raised an undisclosed amount of capital in its seed funding round, which attracted […]