Reports

The Material Innovation Initiative conducts world-class research that spurs investments and partnerships and helps scale next-gen material innovations. Our reports, publications, factsheets, and databases analyze the state of the next-gen materials industry, map white space opportunities, advise entrepreneurs and next-gen material companies, and connect investors to exceptional investment opportunities.

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Impact of Synthetic Materials on Animals

Without the development of next-gen materials, significant numbers of animals will be harmed either through the prevalence of more microplastics or through the use of their skin, hair, fur, feathers, and silk.

2021 State of the Industry Report: Next-Gen Materials

This report covers the growth and investments in next-gen materials through the end of 2021. It summarizes the key participants, the driving forces accelerating material innovation, and the latest investment data for next-gen materials.

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MII’s 2021 Annual Report

We work to accelerate the development of high-performance, animal-free, and more sustainable materials for the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries. We partner with scientists, startups, brands, and retailers to bring these next-gen materials to market. Read our 2021 Annual Report to get a fuller picture of our impact.

Brand Engagement with Next-Gen Materials: 2022 Landscape

This report details how more than 100 leading brands are using next-gen materials to meet shifting consumer demand, increase environmental sustainability, and address growing animal welfare concerns.

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Next-Gen Materials White Space Report 2021

This report, a joint project with The Mills Fabrica provides a white space analysis of the next-gen materials industry and a roadmap for innovators interested in developing next-gen materials.

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Next-Gen Leather: Chinese Consumer Perceptions

This study demonstrates a high degree of acceptance of next-gen leather in urban China and presents opportunities for scientists, start-ups, and brands to develop next-gen leather.

What Makes Silk, Silk?

Tailored for scientists, textile suppliers, and material innovators, this report examines the unique properties of silk and explores next-gen alternatives that are more sustainable and humane.

2020 State of the Industry Report: Next-Gen Materials

The Material Innovation Initiative (MII) is thrilled to offer this first-of-its-kind State of the Industry Report, and in fact, to announce the emergence
of the next-gen material industry. In this report, you will find research, analysis, and insights to guide your understanding of this nascent industry. Whether you are an entrepreneur or startup, investor or corporate, you can still join this space as a first mover. It’s that new.

New Materials Nomenclature Assessment

This study assesses nomenclature options for high-performance, sustainable, and humane materials and recommends “next-gen” as an overarching, consumer-friendly category term.

MII’s Annual 2020 Report

We work to accelerate the development of high-performance, animal-free, and more sustainable materials for the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries. We partner with scientists, startups, brands, and retailers to bring these next-gen materials to market. Read our 2020 Annual Report to get a fuller picture of our impact.