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Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts

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Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste.

MycoBond" biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste, developed by Ecovative Design. Five years ago, engineers Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre founded Ecovative based on a revolutionary approach that aims to rid the world of plastics and synthetic foam by substituting them with mycelium-based products.

Credit: Edward Browka, Ecovative Design


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Close-up image of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste.

Ecovative's process uses mycelium to create packing material in different shapes. The packing material is easily composted, seamlessly disappearing back into the environment after use.

Credit: Alicia Lin, Ecovative Design


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Time-lapse footage showing a MycoBond™ product forming within a mold as fungus grows around agricultural debris.

Credit: Ecovative Design

 

The new packing material grew out of a researcher's fascination with the mushroom fungal mycelium, which he spotted on a hike. He became interested in the structure's ability to bind with other organic materials into a foam-like material.

Credit: Ecovative Design

 



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