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Conscious Consumers Love: Ecovative Earth-Friendly Packaging and Insulation

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Ecovative has developed a unique packaging and insulation material that performs as well as styrofoam, but is biodegradable.  

 

 

The next time you open a package, you may have a science lesson on your hands. Ecovative, a company aiming to produce materials that are healthier for people, the planet and profits, has developed several materials made from mushrooms for a wide range of commercial and industrial uses. The company grows organic materials made from agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium. Ecovative describes mycelium as “a natural, self-assembling glue, digesting crop waste to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform.”

 

 

Mycelim-based technology has many applications: For packaging, mushroom material products perform like foam. The winning combination of agricultural waste and mycelim can also be used in the automotive industry. And, Ecovative has even designed surfboard cores that “eventually decompose when broken, discarded or lost in the ocean, effectively reducing toxic marine debris.”

 

The two latest products the New York-based company has introduced to the market go by the brand names of Myco Foam and Myco Board. Both could revolutionize the building industry. Myco Foam, a naturally fire-resistant alternative to standard form board insulation, can be grown inside wall cavities to provide rigid structural insulation. Myco Board, an alternative to engineered wood, boasts a strength comparable to those engineered woods and composite materials widely in use today. Unlike wood products, however, Myco Board can be grown in custom-molded shapes to avoid the waste of materials in milling or post-processing.

 

 

What You Can Do

 

Would you like to purchase biodegradable packaging and insulation products and materials?  Check out Ecovative's website.