Growing materials: thermoformed 'grow trays' form packages from fungi

01/19/2012

Some companies manufacture packaging materials; others prefer to grow crops. However, two companies have combined the two processes for one purpose: growing sustainable packaging.

Natural material supplier Ecovative has collaborated with thermoformer Dordan Manufacturing, on the design of new thermoformed grow trays, which are used to hold Ecovative's packaging material consisting of agricultural crop waste and mushroom roots.

Ecovative grows EPS-like packaging material out of agricultural waste utilizing the biology of fungal mycelium to "bind" the fibers together, according to the company. ...
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