Green Packaging Material Made From Mushrooms?

Mushroom Packaging MaterialYou bet!  Two undergraduates at the Rensselae Polytechnic Instititute in New York have discovered a way to bond agricultural waste and mushroom roots to make a foam like packaging material called Mycobond.  It’s naturally environmentally friendly and produces one-tenth the carbon didoxide of traditional foam packing material. 

The product is grown by growing the mycelia around agricultural waste such as cottonseed or wood fiber, inside a custom plastic mold.

The inventors hope to bring the idea into production for use by shipping companies and homeowners, who, could grow their own packaging.   For us, in the mushroom land of North Carolina, this could become a new way of making a living; Growing mushrooms for product production. 

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