Are Mushrooms The New Plastic?

Eben Bayer and Ecovative have created an all natural and low-energy alternative material to styrofoam packaging made from mycelium.

As plastic waste continues to pile up in landfills and natural ecosystems, innovation in material resources and alternatives are desperately needed. Eben Bayer of Ecovative hopes to push manufacturers away from using plastic, specifically Styrofoam, by offering a low-tech and environmentally benign material called EcoCradle.

Bayer presented the story behind his mycelium based material this past July at the TED conference in Oxford, England.

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