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IKEA to begin using mushroom packaging

ikea styrofoam alternative mushroom packaging

Mushroom-Foam. Also know as Mycofoam, this biodegradable alternative is made of agricultural waste products like corn, hemp husks, oat hulls and cotton burrs. These ingredients are molded into the packaging shape and then seeded with mushroom spores. These spores then sprout something called mycelium. This is the vegetative part of the mushroom that forms a web of hairlike roots that hold soil together. The mycelium acts as a binding agent for the organic material that makes up the packaging in order to make it a durable and shock resistant packaging material. This is a pretty quick process too! Which means that it’s a very scalable product.

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