Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Firm uses mushrooms to make eco-friendly packaging

This will make all the eco-nuts feel warm and fuzzy.


Turns out that mushrooms — great in soups and salads — also make decent packaging material. Mushrooms are a key ingredient in pale, soft blocks produced by the thousands in an upstate New York plant. The blocks are used to cushion products ranging from Dell servers to furniture for Crate and Barrel.

More precisely, the packaging blocks are made with mycelium — the hidden "roots" of the mushroom that usually thread beneath soil or wood. Two former mechanical engineering and design students in their 20s, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, figured out how to grow those cottony filaments in a way that binds together seed husks or other agricultural byproducts into packaging shapes.

Look, capitalism works if government gets the hell out of the way. Manufacturers will go green if they can make a buck. "We the people" know what is best for us, we are not children and our Founding Fathers knew that. So back off and let us live free!!