|One startup, Inversa Leathers, says it is using the skin of the lionfish—an invasive species—to create materials used in footwear and other items. Rubi Laboratories says it is developing a way to create yarn out of carbon emissions. VitroLabs is growing leather hides from cow cells taken via biopsy. Brooklyn-based startup TômTex is also developing leather alternatives using cheap and plentiful seafood-shell waste. Japan-based Spiber is brewing silk-like fibers in a fermentation process.
Some of these companies plan to sell their products at premium prices on par with the animal products they aim to replace, while others are targeting lower prices to attract new shoppers.
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