Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn-based startup company has biofabricated leather.
Leather, which represents a $100-billion raw material market, has always been prized for its beauty, functionality and enduring status," said Modern Meadow chief executive officer and co-founder Andras Forgacs in a press release.
"At Modern Meadow, we're re-imagining this millennia-old material to create revolutionary new features without harming animals or the environment."
To make the biofabricated leather, which is biologically identical to leather from an actual cow, the company develops collagen proteins from living animal cells. That collagen is then structured into a material that replicates natural leather.