How mushrooms could save the planet

The magic of mycelium: Mycelium is the part of a fungus that roots the mushroom to the ground.

Sturdy yet lightweight, fast to make and degrade: Mycelium’s threadlike tissue grows in tight networks, making it a light but strong material.

Uses other companies’ waste: Working with mushrooms is also beneficial because they thrive on waste.

It's moldable:As it grows in a mass of fiber branches the mycelium attaches itself to soil or whatever surface it is grown on.

MycoComposite, or mushroom packaging: Product design company Ecovative Design developed the mycelium-based material called Mushroom Packaging, or MycoComposite.

The process: Agricultural products like timber shavings, hemp, husk, oat hulls, and cotton burrs are combined with the mycelium.

IKEA got onboard with fungi packaging: The Swedish furniture retailer has committed to more sustainable product packaging and announced that they would be switching.

Breaking down plastic: In addition to replacing plastic, fungi might even be able to eat the existing waste. 

Solving the landfill crisis: Other studies have shown that even common mushrooms like the edible Oyster and Split gill mushrooms can, over the course.

A leather alternative: Not many people would believe you if you told them your leather purse was made from mushrooms.

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