At Modern Meadow, we envision a future where consumer products don’t rely on unsustainable inputs and supply chains that are petrochemical- or animal-based. We are committed to leading that shift at scale without sacrificing performance. We are dedicated to showing the world the performance potential of bio-based materials and ingredients, and the collaborative potential of a sustainable bioeconomy.
For real supply chain-level change to occur, we need options that are high performance, easily adoptable, and sustainable. These three pillars guide our every action, from the products we make today to the technologies and Application Platforms we are developing for the future.
We know that in order for our innovative sustainable solutions to have impact, they need to be scalable so that brands and consumers can adopt them in meaningful and lasting ways. In an effort to achieve this goal, we strive to integrate engineering and industrial considerations into each one of our R&D initiatives.
Modern Meadow began with an R&D initiative to develop a sustainable alternative to leather. This led to our breakthrough discovery of proteins as functional ingredients with the ability to impact a range of products across multiple industries. In 2017, we launched our prototype materials brand, ZOA. Our experiments and exploration within ZOA led to the creation of Bio-Alloy™ and its application in a wide range of high-performing, low-waste biofabricated materials, and our unique capabilities to create functional, animal-free proteins.
We pride ourselves on leveraging eco-design tools, such as our LCA screening approach aligned with R&D timelines, to identify hotspots and prioritize our development efforts. Our tools empower us to reduce impacts by creating decision-based guidelines to provide real-time direction for our R&D teams, and ensure that cross-functional expertise reaches every layer of the innovation lifecycle to develop next-generation materials and ingredients.
Our sustainability principles help us stay focused on the most critical environmental areas and challenge us to design our products and systems in the most sustainable manner.
We recognize the need to transition away from both animal-derived inputs and fossil-derived materials and chemicals that are co-produced along the petrochemical supply chain. We are committed to disrupting these supply chains and offering new alternatives without compromising performance.
We strive to source inputs that support the growth of a sustainable bioeconomy without adding pressure to the global agricultural systems already in place. This includes efforts to minimize agricultural land use, freshwater consumption, and eutrophication from waste emissions.
We support development of circular systems that reduce depletion of raw materials, and design for a responsible end-of-life.
Aim high and commit. We reach for ambitious goals and create a path to achieve them.
We embrace diverse perspectives, even when it is uncomfortable. Every voice matters; every action has impact.
Design-build-test-learn-repeat. Be fearless—every discovery takes us forward. Fail fast, learn faster.
The bigger the challenge, the harder we play. This is our passion, and why it’s easy for us to have fun with it.
Modern Meadow scales by partnering with best-in-class suppliers, developers, manufacturers, and brands who share our values around performance, sustainability, and scalable adoption to create impact across the supply chain. We work with partners who have proven know-how and expertise, and develop technologies that complement leading edge sustainable technologies, so we all benefit from existing infrastructure and accelerate our impact at scale.