Category Archives: re-use

Making and disposing of packaging the EcoCradle™ way

Growing packaging?  Ecovative Design does just that by growing bio-material in custom shapes. EcoCradle™ parts take about a week to grow.

grow custom packaging

This remarkable material is totally biodegradable and renewable and will easily break down in a compost heap.

The EcoCradle™ Mushroom Packaging website tells us that the packaging is  grown by: “… using mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells. This mycelium grows around agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks, oat hulls, or cotton burrs to any shape we make. In 5 – 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium envelops the by-products, binding them into a strong and beautiful packaging part. Inside every cubic inch of EcoCradle™, there’s a matrix of 8 miles of tiny mycelial fibers! At the end of the process, we treat EcoCradle™ with heat to stop the growth so there will never be any spores.”

Read more at Envirogadget.com and igreenspot. com.

Bar stools and plastic bags

Artists for Humanity (AFH), with a mission “to bridge economic, racial and social divisions stool made from plasic bagsby providing underserved youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts”, has designed bar stools using recycled plastic carrier bags.

GreenMuze tells us that each stool is made from 200 plastic bags that are melted into plastic “lumber” and created by inner city youth in the USA. Design by Jamison Sellers, from AFM.