Can mycelium packaging answer the global packaging crisis?

At this time, the world is under threat from a growing mountain of waste. So could a new mushroom-based material be the solution we have been waiting for?

Mycelium is a new sustainable packaging that could replace less environmentally friendly options, such as plastic and polystyrene. It is a completely organic, farm-grown material made from the roots of a mushroom. The roots grow around a mould to form a custom structure which holds products safely and securely in transit.

To make the product stronger, we clean locally sourced agricultural waste such as corn and barley husks and add them to the mycelium mix. The roots act as nature’s glue, binding the mixture together. The final pack quite literally grows around its mould in a matter of days. When it reaches the final shape, we remove it from the mould and heat it to prevent any further growth.

Source: papers.wildsmithskin.com


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