Recently, according tomedia reports, New York biotech company Ecovative developed a mushroom bacteria made from the raw material packaging and building materials. This organic material is easy to grow and degrade, thus greatly reducing pollution. According to the United Nations, more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. Most of the waste plastic is disposed of in landfills and takes centuries to break down.
Eben Bayer, CEO of Ecovative, says the alternative to plastic is the ieline in the mushrooms, which resemble the root structure of the mushrooms, which no one has tried to use to make materials before.
Eben says it has developed a way to allow mycelines to grow into specific shapes and sizes. The entire breeding process takes only about a week and requires very low water and electricity consumption.
These organic materials can be made into boxes, which can be used up and buried in the soil, which can not only degrade but also become fertilizer in the soil. In addition to replacing plastic packaging, these meses can also replace building materials.
The material is now favored by many large companies and investors, and the company has signed a $9.1 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
However, Ecovative’s CEO says the ultimate goal is to “grow” a lung, hoping to bind mycelium and lung cells to form a capillary network that eventually results in a lung that can be transplanted into the human body.