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Evocative turns crop residues into robust, degradable packing material [Registered]

The US start-up Ecovative has developed technology to produce high performing, cost-competitive, and sustainable alternative to conventional plastic foam packaging. It is an alternative to plastic protective packaging foams like EPE, EPP and EPS, but it is neither a plastic foam nor a bioplastic. It is actually grown from mycelium (mushroom “roots”) and low value crop residues. Technology effectively comprises packing shredded crop residues into a into a plastic mold which was injected with liquified mycelium, a fungus that grows on the materials and binds them together like glue. As the last step of the process, Mushroom Materials are heat…

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