Ecovative is probably best known for their EcoCradle packaging, a natural alternative to plastic and Styrofoam packaging, but they also produce an environmentally-friendly insulation called Greensulate. Both products are biodegradable, so disposing of them is as easy as dropping them in a compost pile or a garden.
Ecovative products are created by growing fungal mycelium amidst rice hulls, cotton, and other agricultural wastes. The mycelium acts like a glue and binds the wastes together into a sturdy product that works just as well as its plastic or Styrofoam counterparts. More amazingly, the finished product is non-allergenic and resistant to fire and water, and each country can use a waste product that is prevalent in their region.
Go to http://www.ecovativedesign.com to read more about Ecovative’s work and how Ecovative can supply your company with environmentally-friendly insulation and packaging. You can also watch a lecture about Ecovative’s products and mission at http://news.yourolivebranch.org/2010/10/06/are-mushrooms-the-new-plastic/.
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