Last week Ikea was mentioned a lot – the reason: Billy, Hemnes & Ivar will change their styrofoam packaging. In future, Ikea will be switching to a much more environmental-friendly material: a material based on mushroom-cultures. Why that? Because Styrofoam takes about 1000 years until it’s decomposed. yep – 1000!!
Back to the mushrooms – sounds crazy, but is indeed a pretty great idea: this material is decomposed within a couple of weeks. The socalled “Myco Foam“ is grown of agricultural waste such as corn leaves. Within a few days the mushroom cultures bond the waste and the result is a bulk that is being dried and this way stopped from growing further.
The good thing is that you can decide the form of this Myco Foam yourself. This way, you can produce the appropriate packaging for each product.
The US based company Ecovative created this material. The Startup based in Green Island in New York State builds houses or surf boards out of these mushrooms.