A startup has devised a way to create leather by ordering cells to produce collagen

Opponents of switching to synthetic leather have one argument on their side: the fact that petrochemicals are used to make synthetic leather. There’s also the fact that most existing fake leathers aren’t nearly as comfortable or durable. But the Brooklyn startup Modern Meadow hopes to change all that with leather that is grown by cultivating collagen in the lab, circumventing all of leather’s animal welfare issues while encompassing all the qualities that have made real leather a prized material for hundreds of years.

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