Ecovative: Plastic substitutes from mushrooms, agricultural waste

Credit: Ecovative
Credit: Ecovative

Ecovative makes recyclable shipping materials, packaging, foam, insulation, and more entirely from mushrooms and agricultural waste. Even better, they can create a material to your specs based on the type of mushrooms and waste used. The process is entirely green – and their products are cost-competitive. It’s actually a misnomer to say they make the materials, because they actually grow them, as the video shows.

Their structural composites replace fiber board, have no formaldehyde adhesives, and bond easily to wood veneer. Car manufacturers use their materials for insulation. Evocative packaging materials are an alternative to plastic packaging.

Crate & Barrel started on the path to eliminate foam in 2001, when they discontinued the use of petroleum-based packing peanuts to protect customer purchases. Since then, they have been working hard to phase out all plastic foam packaging. In accordance with their goal, Crate & Barrel sought a fully compostable packaging solution to protect their American-made steel bookcases. Since beginning their use of Mushroom Packaging corner blocks, Crate & Barrel has reported no damages. Customers can reuse the standard corner blocks, or compost them at home.

This is so much better than using plastic (which is derived at least partly from oil.) Mushrooms and ag waste is all you need. Maybe one day products like these will be common worldwide. Let’s hope so.

We grow materials made from agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium. Mycelium is a natural, self-assembling glue, digesting crop waste to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform. Our large-scale grow factories are truly revolutionary. We harness the power of nature – the cleanest technology on Earth, eliminating the pollution generated across the petroleum-based plastics supply chain.

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