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Bio-based Leather Market - By Source (Cork, Corn, Leftover Fruits, Mushroom, Palm, Pineapple), By Application (Automotive, Footwear, Furniture, Garments & Accessories) & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7200
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Bio-based Leather Market Size

Bio-based Leather Market was valued at around USD 666.9 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6.6% between 2023 and 2032. The industry is a pioneering shift in material innovation, characterized by the development and application of leather-like materials derived from sustainable sources, notably plant-based materials or lab-grown alternatives. This eco-conscious approach, in stark contrast to traditional leather production, is instrumental in reducing the environmental footprint associated with animal agriculture while aligning with growing concerns about animal welfare.

Bio-based Leather Market

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Bio-based leather finds diverse applications across industries, including fashion, automotive, furniture, and more, offering eco-friendly, cruelty-free alternatives for clothing, accessories, car interiors, upholstery, and various other products, driving a sustainable future for these sectors.

The price volatility of raw materials is a significant challenge for the bio-based leather market. Reliant on materials like mushroom mycelium and cork, fluctuations in availability and cost due to factors such as weather conditions can disrupt production costs and product quality, posing a risk to market stability and growth. Strategic resource management and diversification of material sources are essential to address this issue.


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has had mixed impacts on the bio-based leather industry. On one hand, it led to disruptions in global supply chains, affecting the availability of raw materials and causing production delays. Additionally, reduced consumer spending during lockdowns impacted demand for non-essential goods, including fashion and accessories, which are key sectors for bio-based leather. On the other hand, the pandemic heightened awareness about sustainable and ethical products, which has boosted interest in bio-based leather as a cruelty-free and environmentally responsible alternative to traditional leather. As the world gradually recovers, the market is likely to benefit from this increased awareness and the growing emphasis on sustainability, even though it faced initial setbacks due to the pandemic's economic impacts and supply chain disruptions.

Bio-based Leather Market Trends

Bio-based leather industry trends are marked by a strong emphasis on sustainability and ethical sourcing. As consumer awareness about environmental concerns and animal welfare grows, there is a rising demand for cruelty-free and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional leather. This has led to increased innovation in bio-based leather production methods, resulting in high-quality materials that closely mimic the texture and durability of animal-derived leather. Additionally, collaborations between fashion brands and bio-based leather manufacturers are becoming more common, further promoting the use of sustainable materials. The automotive industry is also increasingly adopting bio-based leather for car interiors. The market's future is poised for continued growth as it aligns with the global shift toward responsible and sustainable consumer choices.

Bio-based Leather Market Analysis

Bio-based Leather Market Size, By Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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Based on source, the market is segmented as cork, corn, leftover fruits, mushroom, palm, and pineapple. Cork held a majority market value of USD 166.7 Million in 2022. These materials are at the forefront of a transformative shift in the leather industry, driven by environmental sustainability and ethical considerations. Bio-based leather, derived from these sources, not only reduces the environmental footprint associated with traditional leather production but also aligns with the increasing global awareness of animal welfare, making it a key player in the market's ongoing expansion across various industries.


Bio-based Leather Market Revenue Share, By Application, (2022)

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Based on application, the market is segmented as automotive, footwear, furniture, garments & accessories, and other sectors. Footwear segment held a dominant market share of around 37% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace through 2032. Bio-based leather is gaining momentum as an eco-friendly and cruelty-free material choice, particularly in the automotive industry, where it's used for car interiors and upholstery. Its presence extends into the world of fashion, offering sustainable options for clothing and accessories, while the furniture industry finds it an attractive upholstery material. Moreover, the versatility of bio-based leather enables its use in countless other applications, ensuring its continued growth and integration into industries that value sustainable, ethical alternatives to traditional leather.

U.S. Bio-based Leather Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

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U.S. dominated the North American region with majority market share and a revenue of USD 106.7 Million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023-2032. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the country's increasing focus on sustainability, rising consumer awareness about eco-friendly alternatives, and the alignment of bio-based leather with ethical sourcing practices. Furthermore, collaborations between industries and innovative research and development are expected to drive the market's continued expansion in the U.S., making it a pivotal player in the global shift toward responsible and environmentally conscious choices.

Bio-based Leather Market Share

Major players operating in the bio-based leather industry include:

  • Ananas Anam
  • Bolt Threads
  • Modern Meadows
  • MycoWorks
  • Natural Fiber Welding
  • Vegea
  • Desserto
  • Piñatex
  • Mirum
  • Fruitleather Rotterdam
  • Ecco Leather
  • Ecovative Design
  • Toray Industries
  • Ultrafabrics
  • Tjeerd Veenhoven Studio

Ananas Anam and Bolt Threads have emerged as prominent players in the Asia-Pacific region, owing to a combination of critical factors. Their strong product innovation is a key driver, as they've introduced sustainable, high-quality, and stylish bio-based leather materials like Piñatex from pineapple leaf fibers and Mylo from mushroom mycelium. These innovative offerings cater to various product categories, from shoes and bags to clothing and home goods. Strategic partnerships with renowned brands and retailers across the Asia-Pacific region have expanded their market reach and bolstered consumer awareness. Their unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical practices, such as sourcing materials from local farmers and using eco-friendly manufacturing processes, further solidifies their position as influential contributors to the market's growth and success in the region.

Bio-based Leather Industry News

  • In October 2023, Luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney has launched a new handbag collection made with bio-based leather. The collection features a variety of handbags, including totes, crossbody bags, and shoulder bags. The handbags are made with Mirum, a bio-based leather material made from apple peels.
  • In October 2023, French luxury goods company Hermès has introduced a new bio-based leather watch strap. The watch strap is made with MycoWorks Mylo, a bio-based leather material made from mushroom mycelium.

Bio-based leather market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Kilotons from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Source

  • Cork
  • Corn
  • Leftover Fruits
  • Mushroom
  • Palm
  • Pineapple
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Automotive
  • Footwear
  • Furniture
  • Garments & Accessories
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for bio-based leather was USD 666.9 million in 2022 and is estimated to reach USD 1,257.7 million by 2032.

Cork-based leather segment was valued at USD 166.7 million in 2022 and will grow significantly through 2032 as cork fits the criteria of environmental sustainability and ethical considerations.

U.S. bio-based leather market size was valued at USD 106.7 million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace over 2023-2032 attributed to the country's increasing focus on sustainability, rising consumer awareness about eco-friendly alternatives, and the alignment of bio-based leather with ethical sourcing practices.

Ananas Anam, Bolt Threads, Modern Meadows, MycoWorks, Natural Fiber Welding, Vegea, Desserto, Piñatex, Mirum, Fruitleather Rotterdam, Ecco Leather, Ecovative Design, Toray Industries, Ultrafabrics, and Tjeerd Veenhoven Studio.

Bio-based Leather Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 136
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