Sunday, October 1, 2023

Modern Meadow and BASF Partner On Innovative Plastic-Free, Animal-Free Material


Biotech materials company Modern Meadow, and BASF, a world-leading chemical corporation, have announced a partnership to develop animal-free materials for use in fashion, automotive, and consumer goods industries.

The new partnership combines Modern Meadow’s advanced biofabrication expertise with BASF’s acclaimed Ultramid Ccycled material, laying the foundation for an innovative, sustainable, and animal-free material designed for the future.

Bio-Vera, a groundbreaking substrate developed by Modern Meadow, incorporates BASF’s Ultramid Ccycled solution and is fortified by Modern Meadow’s Bio-Alloy technology. This combination of post-consumer waste and bio-renewable technologies, the companies say, yields a novel, luxurious material that boasts impressive performance capabilities while prioritizing sustainability.

The creation of Bio-Vera signals a significant leap forward in the sustainable biomaterials space. It eases reliance on traditional animal-derived sources and minimizes environmental impact by utilizing plant-based and recycled feedstock for production. Modern Meadow’s proficiency in materials science and bio-based research and development coupled with BASF’s chemical mastery and dedication to forward-thinking, high-quality innovation opens up new avenues for sustainability and responsible consumption.

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Photo courtesy Austin Wade

This partnership is fuelled by both companies’ mutual commitment to addressing the hurdles presented by conventional material production. “We are thrilled to partner with BASF on this transformative journey toward sustainable biomaterials,” affirmed Catherine Roggero-Lovisi, CEO of Modern Meadow. “We have a unique opportunity to create a material that not only meets the demands of the modern world but also helps protect our environment using traceable plant-based and recycled feedstock to avoid animal and virgin petrochemical inputs and that at the beginning of the material development as a drop-in solution.”

This joint venture sets the groundwork for the creation of high-performing, highly sustainable biomaterials with the potential to revolutionize diverse sectors, including fashion, automotive, and consumer goods.

Modern Meadow, as a sustainable bio-design technology company, utilizes nature-inspired proteins to craft solutions that diminish dependence on petrochemical and animal-derived inputs. The company’s scalable products seamlessly integrate into existing manufacturing processes, empowering partners to swiftly introduce sustainable goods to the market without incurring excessive upfront costs. Modern Meadow’s mission is to stimulate innovation in sustainability and devise new solutions for the world’s most urgent challenges.

The announcement follows several recent achievements for Modern Meadow. It recently announced partnerships with Evonik and Singtex to co-develop animal-free collagen and performance outerwear, respectively.

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