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New Packaging Material Made from Mushrooms

This innovative and eco-friendly packaging even grows itself!

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Photo: frankenstoen (flickr)

No, it won't look a thing like this. The material is not made with the actual mushroom tops, but with the part of the mushroom roots known as the mycelium. The final product looks very similar to regular Styrofoam!

The production of this new packing material is actually quite hands-off. Just let it grow!

This Styrofoam substitute is called Mycobond and is created from agricultural waste and mushroom roots.

It is much better for the environment, because it uses much less energy to make. In fact, ten times less! Not only that, but instead of throwing away your old packaging, you can just toss it in the garden! It is completely natural and works well as compost.

Thanks to renewable materials, this product is economically beneficial as well. Plants are in a constant cycle of regrowth, making supply less vulnerable to price fluctuations, which occur with many synthetic materials.

Watch this video to learn more about Mycobond and how it is made, or uh, grown!

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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