Some of you may know I’m an environmental nutcase. I compost and worry about the plastics and whatnot we use so much of everyday. Well a local guy did a good thing and developed packing material (and insulation I think) that is fully biodegradable. It’s made from mushrooms.

Not as exciting as really cool shoes, but stellar in it’s own way. Watch the video. This kid graduated from our local high school in 2003. He’s come a long way in seven years.

Eben Bayer – Mushrooms are the new plastic

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Kate George October 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

This idea is especially good because it uses local ag waste to feed the mushroom roots. So not only are they creating a biodegradable product they are using local waste, local labor and small manufacturing plants. (Which I’ll tell you Julie because you can’t see the video is mostly about the mushroom roots growing a very little about any machanical process!)


Julie October 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

Oh me too! I am militant about so many environmental issues as well. Love this idea, packing materials are a huge problem. (Couldn’t watch the video, I’m on the old dinosaur PC.) Very cool when someone local comes up with a brilliant idea.


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