Mushrooms Help Packaging Become Eco-Friendly
What if you could make packaging from a biodegradable material, which not only moulds perfectly to a product but will also help the environment?
That's exactly what Ecovative have created and they've made it with mushrooms.
The 'eco-friendly' material is made from mycelium, which is millions of tiny branched fibres that attach to the mushroom to the soil, effectively the roots of mushroom.
How is it made?
At Gould, we've always been interested in the production of paper and packaging products. The concept of mushroom paper is just as fascinating as it's production…
- First, Mycelium is allowed to grow around clean agricultural waste.
- After a few days, the fungus fibers are broken up into loose particles.
- The loose particles are put into a mould for a few days to form a solid shape.
- The packaging is dried to stop it growing any further, preventing the production of mushrooms and spores.
The result is a made to measure, bespoke packaging - which only takes a few weeks to biodegrade in comparison to the thousands of years polystyrene takes.
How is it used?
The material isn't just used for packaging though. Ecovative are currently manufacturing replacements for particleboard, plywood and fiberboard, binding particles with a natural resin,creating 'Myco Board'.
Another product is Myco Foam, a eco friendly alternative to Styrofoam, and developing installation, acoustic, core materials and aquatic products.
That's not all, however, as the material can even be used for shoe soles, seat cushions, yoga mats, lightweight core materials, seed starters and Floral Foams!
Cutting to the Paper Chase
Paper consumption has grown 400% in the last 40 years, with over a quarter of cut down trees being used in the paper industry. While most trees are replaced after being cut down, there has to be another solution.