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New Mushroom-Based Packaging Could Replace Styrofoam

New Mushroom-Based Packaging Could Replace Styrofoam

A New York company called Ecovative Design has created a compostable alternative to compete with the expanded polystyrene industry without ecological or economic compromises.

Polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) is a light-weight material, made of mostly air, that has very good insulation properties and is used in all types of products, including packaging materials. Unfortunately, polystyrene is made with petroleum, a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource.

From the Ecovative website:

“EcoCradle™ packaging is literally grown, not manufactured. We use a growing organism to transform agricultural byproducts like cotton seed hulls and buck wheat hulls into a beautiful protective package. Our patented process is inspired by the efficiency of nature, and uses a filamentous fungi (mushroom roots) to bond this packaging into almost any shape.”

This packaging alternative is produced without petroleum or light, requires no significant heat, is non-allergenic, and is less expensive to produce than foam products.

Check out this video about how the company hopes to stop global warming by growing styrofoam with fungi!

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5:02PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Brilliant. Now if there are any genius business planners, markerters, advertisers, patent lawyers, testers and researchers on this site it would be even more brilliant if you could make sure that this product reachs the world.
I have seen and heard of to many enviro products that just don't make it financially due to the inventors being inventors and not business people. We all have specialties and being able to use them to support each other is what I feel life is about.

2:08PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Spread the word about this, and encourage local restaurants and other companies to use this! This is perfect!

9:57PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

So cool!!!
Hope it will replace rapidly the use of styrofoam...

Thank you Beth!

9:28AM PDT on May 25, 2011

Great, now to make it sufficiently well known and used to actually replace styrofoam!

6:38AM PDT on May 25, 2011

wonderful!!

12:02PM PST on Jan 26, 2011

this is great news... !!! wonderful... Aleco you rock !!! keep up the good work !

3:30AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

There is always a better option

12:54PM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

I will alert my employer to this idea, surely this is something they would want to get behind.

11:33AM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

Bravo...There is always a better option, a smart one, so glad to see there is people thinking outside the box!!

5:18AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

That's interesting.

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