An Idea That Is Mushrooming Into Something Big

A sustainable material that can be grown and re-grown at low cost, grows in the dark and hence uses only small amounts of energy, emits only low amounts of CO2 during production, is compostable, and can be used for many applications? We are looking at mushrooms, but not at the fruiting, visible part. Mycelium, the branched, tubular filaments of fungi, can provide all these features. Growing below the soil line, the mycelium provides sustainable fibre material that can be put into a variety of uses: packaging containers, insulation materials, leather replacements, membrane filters, meat alternatives, and antibacterial wound coverings. Some of these applications are already commercially available.

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Posted on 24 December 2020