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Ecovative design - mycelium based technology & products

Kay Bee


Joined: Oct 10, 2009
Posts: 471
Location: Jackson County, OR (Zone 7)
I came across a mention of this company in a book I am reading (Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone) and checked out their website.

http://www.ecovativedesign.com/

Pretty cool concept - growing a replacement for styrofoam and other packaging, insulation, etc... by inoculating a waste product as substrate for mycelium to colonize, then baking it.

Curious to see how it evolves and if it gains any widespread market acceptance.


"Limitation is the mother of good management", Michael Evanari

Location: Southwestern Oregon (Jackson County), Zone 7
Duncan Dalby


Joined: Jan 22, 2012
Posts: 36
Location: England, Midlands.
I saw this video about that a while ago. http://www.ted.com/talks/eben_bayer_are_mushrooms_the_new_plastic.html

Looks like a really nice idea, I hope it is successful. I've Stanly noticed a big increase in biodegradable packaging, its only the big expensive things that seem to come in polystyrene now. So there does seem to be a market for something like this.
nancy sutton
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Joined: Feb 22, 2010
Posts: 296
Location: Federal Way, WA - Western Washington (Zone 8 - temperate maritime)
    
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Ecovative just won first prize in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Institute's contest for best earth-saving ideas.... just thrilling! Check out the TED talk by the designer ;)


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allen lumley
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Joined: Mar 16, 2012
Posts: 2280
Location: Northern New York Zone4-5 the OUTER 'RONDACs percip 36''
    
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et al :Truly the story is a little bit bigger than just swapping away from plastic packaging, the Ecovacative design can be easily recycled on site, as material for mulch/ humus,
it was almost there when the process was stopped by heat drying ! and yes the site and the T.E.D. talk is worth your time to look at ! Big AL!


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Madison McClintock


Joined: Nov 24, 2013
Posts: 5
Maybe not the most functional usage of mycelium but this is darn cool! Living Mycelium Chair
John Elliott
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Joined: May 08, 2013
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Location: Augusta, GA
    
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Madison McClintock wrote:Maybe not the most functional usage of mycelium but this is darn cool! Living Mycelium Chair


A chair? Where's the functionality in that? Now a set of kitchen cabinets where the mushrooms pop out of the doors, now that would be functional!
 
Consider Paul's rocket stove mass heater.
 
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