The Mycoboard is a material produced by the American company Ecovative Design.

They develop sustainable alternatives to materials that are known to have a negative impact on the environment, mainly through the use of mycelium, a.k.a. the root system of mushrooms, as a binder.

One of those products is the Mycoboard, a sustainable alternative to wood products like plywood. By using agricultural waste from local farms, they mix the waste with mycelium, and then lets it grow in a mold, where the mycelium grows and fills all hollow areas. To stop it from growing when you’ve reached the requested shape and density, they dry the whole thing to stop the process. No glue is needed in any step of the process. Even veneers can be applied to the Mycoboard by simply letting it grow in place.

At the end of the product’s life, you can compost it with good consciousness.

Mushroom materials such as Myco board are:

– Cost effective

– Buoyant

– High performing

– Home compostable

– Rapidly renewable

– Naturally fire resistant

– Custom designed and molded

– Not derived from petroleum or food

Currently Myco board is used for things such as for example furniture (pictured is a chair by Gunlocke®), hand panels, door cores, cabinetry, architectural panels or billboards. The anticipated potential however, is limitless. Ecovative encourages their customers to continuously come up with new uses by offering diy-kits for US $10/0.2 cubic feet!

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Posted by Kajsa Logan-Müller


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