Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2014
May 09, 2014
Document and Entity Information    
Entity Registrant Name METABOLIX, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001121702  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2014  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   34,993,744
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1