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