16 Apr '11, 2pm

Ford to Create Cars Made of Mushrooms?

Ford to Create Cars Made of Mushrooms?

Super Mario and the gang might have been onto something with all their mushroom gathering. The mighty mushroom is brain food -- they are packed with vitamins, minerals and probiotic immune strengthening properties and are also incredibly diverse and versatile. Not only can certain types of the gilled fungi be consumed, they can be turned into sturdy packaging materials and furniture that are non-toxic, biodegradable and non-disruptive to the environment. Innovative design company Ecovative , based in Green Island, N.Y., has been creating mushroom-based materials since 2007 and recently announced a deal with Ford to develop a fungus-based, biodegradable foam to be used in car bumpers, side doors and dashboards, potentially replacing petroleum-based plastics. Ecovative is no stranger to clever design, having already won a number of federal competitions and accolades from the...

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