Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Made From Mushrooms

Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Made From Mushrooms
Design & Architecture

Ecovative Design's compostable material is a sustainable alternative to plastic foam packaging.

Emma Hutchings
  • 3 april 2013

Ecovative Design‘s ‘Mushroom packaging’ is an eco-friendly alternative to Styrofoam made from mushrooms. The compostable material has many applications and could replace plastics in a variety of industries.

It is grown from agricultural byproducts and mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells that is like the “roots” of mushrooms. The mycelium digests the agricultural byproducts, binding them like a natural, non-toxic glue into a structural material. This is being used to create next generation biocomposite materials, replacing plastic foams and dense materials like particle board.

Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Substitute Made From Mushrooms

GOOD reports that Ecovative aims to grow it’s Mushroom Platform this year by working with strategic partner, Sealed Air, to build a second factory and continuing to improve the material’s performance and price. The company is also developing new applications for the Mushroom material, such as apparel, home goods, and building materials.

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