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Mushroom Packaging Slashes Shipping Waste via @Earth911

Mushroom Packaging Slashes Shipping Waste via @Earth911

A close up of Ecocradle packaging. Photo: Ecovative Design The spongy nature of mushrooms has long been met with the disgust of toddlers and the revere of foodies, but the fleshy fungus has found a new function. Last April, we reported that Dell was to be the first technology company to get on board with Ecocradle , a mushroom-based shipping packaging. Since then, sustainable furniture purveyors Steelcase have signed on for a greener way to ship, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has even utilized buoys made of the material to help develop tsunami early-warning systems. Ecovative Design , the company behind Ecocradle, aims to eliminate the waste from polystyrene, which no microorganism is known to be able to biodegrade, by using a combination of mushroom roots and agricultural crop waste that’s entirely compostable and easy for the environment to brea...

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