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Published on Jul 28, 2012
Eben Bayer, CEO at Ecovative Design, Part 1 of 2 A look at how creativity, science and passion propel alternatives to plastics. In a radical departure from traditional bioplastics, Ecovative Design grows them from agricultural byproducts and mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells. It's like the "roots" of mushrooms. In 5 -- 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium digests the agricultural byproducts, binding them into a beautiful structural material. The mycelium acts like a natural, self assembling glue.