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The Material Innovation Initiative (MII) accelerates the development of sustainable and animal-free materials. In our News Center, you’ll find news, event announcements, press releases, and statements from MII’s leadership.

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Forager, MycoWorks, VitroLabs, Modern Meadow, NFW, Everlane and others partner with MII for the inaugural gathering of industry experts discussing the future of the material sectors


MII’s first-of-its-kind white space analysis of the materials industry details opportunities for animal-free, sustainable leather, down, wool, silk, fur, and exotic skins. A joint project with The Mills Fabrica, an investor and ecosystem builder in sustainable food and fashion, the report..

Over a third of consumers say they will pay more for sustainable, animal-free leather, wool, down, silk, fur, and exotic skins.


A Material Innovation Initiative (MII) study done in collaboration with Nort Mountain Consulting Group shows that consumer interest has tipped away from animal leather and toward leather alternatives in China. China is a huge market, with fashion industry revenue expected to be 383 billion USD in 2021. This is 44% of the global total.


Material Innovation Initiative issued a report examining the unique properties of silk and exploring next-generation silk alternatives that are less harmful to both animals and the environment. The report’s author, MII’s Chief Scientific Officer Sydney Gladman, Ph.D., carefully considers the qualities of silk most important to fashion designers and expertly makes the latest material science accessible. This Silk Report is a one-of-a-kind resource for scientists, textile suppliers, and material innovators.


A Material Innovation Initiative (MII) study done in collaboration with North Mountain Consulting Group shows that the scales have tipped away from animal leather and toward leather alternatives for many consumers in the U.S. According to the results, while many consumers value the performance and aesthetics of animal leather, the majority say they prefer leather alternatives for reasons that include environmental and other ethical considerations. The study also investigated messaging effectiveness and the willingness of consumers to pay more for alternatives


The race is on to bioengineer high-performance and carbon-neutral materials for the mass market as the majority of consumers (84 percent) demand sustainable products and scientists warn of pushing past our planetary boundaries.


From your car’s interior to the clothes on your back, the materials we interact with every day have a profound impact on the environment. According to Kering, 72% of a brand’s environmental impact comes from their choice of raw materials. Consumers and companies alike are searching for sustainable solutions that are functional, fashionable, and cost-effective, but today’s options are few and far between.


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There are at least eight companies across the globe using mycelium to make leather, per the 2021 MII report.

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New Nonprofit Focuses on Developing Sustainable Materials

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Investment in next-generation materials more than doubled in 2021 to nearly $1 billion, according to MII.

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The plant-based craze is coming for fashion

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