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June 18 2013

Mushrooms are the new styrofoam


How did you come to make packaging materials from mushrooms?

I grew up on a farm in Vermont and noticed the mycelium essentially the "roots" of mushrooms clumping wood chips together. Years later, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I was working to develop a better insulation material. I remembered mushrooms' bonding ability and began to think about industrial applications. After making a few samples, I teamed up with Gavin McIntyre and our professor Burt Swersey to figure out how this could work as a product.

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