Nature Coatings, a leading biochemicals company transforming waste materials into bio-based, safe, and renewable solutions, completed an oversubscribed $2.45 million Seed funding round. The investment round was led by Regeneration.VC and The 22 Fund, with participation from actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, Safer Made, and Portfolia.
This significant investment follows the highly successful launch of Nature Coatings’ flagship product, BioBlack TX, their carbon-negative and high-performing alternative to polluting and toxic petroleum-derived carbon black. This groundbreaking dispersion is entirely bio-based, boasting a unique black pigment sourced from FSC certified wood waste. It has garnered worldwide acclaim and has been embraced by renowned fashion brands like the Kering Group, Levi’s, Bestseller’s Jack & Jones and Selected HOMME, as well as Vollebak.
Founder and CEO of Nature Coatings, Jane Palmer, a veteran in the pigment and dyes industry with over two decades of experience, expressed her motivation behind the company’s vision, stating, “Working in the pigment and dyes industry for over 20 years, I’ve seen the negative impact it has had on our environment and health. This inspired me to find a way to develop something better, something that is safe enough to be buried in my vegetable garden. At Nature Coatings, our vision is to create a future where the chemical industry operates in harmony with nature, and this new investment will take us closer to our goal.”
Regeneration.VC and The 22 Fund, leading investment firms in the field, spearheaded the financing of Nature Coatings. Regeneration.VC specializes in supporting forward-thinking businesses that offer innovative alternatives to reduce environmental impact, while The 22 Fund focuses on investing in high-potential women and BIPOC-owned cleantech-based manufacturing and exporting companies.
Dan Fishman, General Partner at Regeneration.VC expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “As a Consumer ClimateTech fund focusing on the reimagination of consumer industries, we have been searching high and low for a drop-in replacement to petroleum-based carbon black that is 100% bio-based and at price parity. Jane and the Nature Coatings team are reshaping the chemical industry and we are excited to support their journey.”
“Nature Coatings offers a bio-based, long term solution that can be translated across many industries contributing to the mission for a cleaner, more sustainable environment,” said Leonardo DiCaprio. “I am excited to join as an investor and support the company’s growth that will enable brands to adopt safer practices, while also educating the consumer on more sustainable products.”