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Can Mushrooms Replace Packing Peanuts?

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Can Mushrooms Replace Packing Peanuts?

By Katy Rank Lev, MNN

Your days of picking packing peanuts out of the carpet could be numbered. According to e!ScienceNews, a product called Mycobond is sweeping the shipping industry. The main ingredients? Inedible agricultural waste and mushroom roots. According to the article, the fungus-based material takes “just one-eighth the energy and one-10th the carbon dioxide of traditional foam packing material.” And the best part? You can add these shipping supplies to the compost bin once your package arrives safe and sound.

A New York-based company, Ecovative Designs, is producing the new packing technology. Founders Gavin McIntyre and Even Bayer emphasize that they don’t “manufacture” their materials — they grow them. According to the article, the product is not dependent on petroleum and so will have a much more stable supply cost. The founders received a National Science Foundation grant to hone their sterilization process (necessary to get their mushroom roots growing free from “competing” fungi).

According to the article, the two currently are exploring cinnamon-bark oil, thyme oil, oregano oil and lemongrass oil to help Mycobond grow in the open air. The article quotes McIntyre, who says the lab-like sterilization room “simply emulates nature,” and “uses compounds that plants have evolved over centuries to inhibit microbial growth.”

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1:57AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Good article..thanks

7:23AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

As much packaging cut down as possible, the better! This is awesome!

1:13AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:00PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

thanks what a great idea.

5:57PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Excellent concept!

7:41AM PST on Dec 7, 2010


6:39AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

I can't eat peanuts anyway. I'm allergic to them.

6:38AM PST on Dec 7, 2010


4:03PM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

Very interesting.

3:58PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

oh cool

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