Packaging Tomorrow

Grown into shape: the shipping packaging of the future.

In the “morning”, huge quantities of food are delivered to doorsteps – triggered by countless online orders. Such supplies become more sustainable thanks to solutions such as Ecovative’s MycoComposite™, which replaces stryopor with cultivated fungus-based material. Today, Ecovative is already working with Ikea on the future of shipping packaging.

Mushroom® Packaging: Packaging made from mushroom-based material
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MycoComposite™, a mycelium-derived mushroom packaging solution (Mushroom® Packaging), was developed by Ecovative Design in 2007 and is a more cost-effective and biodegradable alternative compared to conventional foams. The complete compostability is particularly innovative. Based on a mixture of the fungus-cell combination mycelium and agricultural by-products oat or buckwheat hulls, Mushroom packaging is grown with no chemicals. After a 5-7 day development phase, heat exposure causes the growth to stop. This creates a package that can be grown into any desired shape even without adding water or sunlight. Mushroom® Packaging thus demonstrates that agricultural waste can be reused and put to good use to produce a sustainable substitute for Styrofoam and plastic.

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