Aug 24, 2010

Science Scene - Mushroom Power

GREEN ISLAND, NY — A packaging material made of mushroom roots and agricultural waste is lowering its energy footprint further with new sterilizing technology.  Ecovative Design, the maker of EcoCradle packaging and Greensulate insulation, creates its products by growing mushroom fibers on waste like cotton seed, wood fiber and buckwheat hulls.

To keep other spores off of the material, Ecovative uses a steam heat process, but with the help of an $180,000 grant from the NSF, it's working on a sterilization treatment made with natural oils that uses significantly less energy.

Ecovative's MycoBond technology already consumes one-tenth the energy used to manufacture foam packaging. The new treatment, made with a mix of cinnamon bark oil, thyme oil, oregano oil and lemongrass oil, lowers its energy needs down to one-fortieth, or about 2.5 percent, of that of foam.


  1. Does this mean I can order my steak with packaging gravy if there are no mushrooms to be had?

  2. What a cool idea. Are any fungi hurt during the process of making the foam? Or is the foam a waste product from their point of view. Or is the product part of the fungal body mass?

  3. I'm liking this....and if they need mushrooms, well, I have sevreal large ones grwoing amongst the trees out front.

  4. Alien fungus being shipped all over the globe ... this is how it begins.

  5. Ken, this is one eco-project I had not heard of. Very interesting.


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