Leather made of biological and recyclable materials, non-toxic and with reduced costs in water and energy consumption.
This will not be the first time animal leather has been disrupted – the 20th century saw the rise of artificial leathers synthesized from petrochemicals at a third of the cost. They now represent about two thirds of the overall leather market. But this alternative also generates environmental impacts related to contamination by plastics, CO2 footprint, and the release of toxic chemicals to the environment. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop NEXT and new alternatives to both animal and synthetic leather.
The objective is to develop cultured leather which require less time of manufacturing, without land or chemicals, and much lower water and energy inputs. At high scale, cultured leather can provide a safe, sustainable and economical alternative to the traditional tanning and chemical industry and it will help to mitigate the climate emergency.
From a technical perspective, our approach integrates innovations in cell culture and biofabrication to get a leather with the best properties of durability, strenght and elasticity, offering GENetic solutions to coming GENerations.