Sustainable Practices End of Course Summary

As this semester comes to a close I feel that I have gained a broader and more holistic idea of sustainability practices. This was the second course I took in my sustainability studies in order to achieve my minor. Some key ideas that I am going to take away from this course are the following: … Continue reading


By Sony Chen MycoFoam, like the MycoBoard produced by the same company, is packaging material made from mycelium with low-value plant stalk fibers. It grows purely with mycelium as mushroom material and agricultural byproduct, and it is an alternative to unsustainable foam such as expanded polystyrene and expanded polyethylene. It is capable of being grown by anyone around the world. Ecovative sells a GIY kit, allowing … Continue reading


By Sony Chen MycoBoard is made from agricultural waste and mycelium (mushroom material). It is a food-grade building material with high screw hold strength and durability. The material is biofabricated and grown using mycelium. It grows indoors, in the dark, and only requires a week to grow. Mycelium is a natural glue, and it binds the loose agricultural particles and fibers together. … Continue reading

BioMason’s Bricks Grown From Bacteria

Do you know how to manufacture traditional bricks? They are made from sand and binding agents. The brick is producing under high temperature, which have to be fired for three to five days. According to bioMsaon’s data, the global cement production in 2008 amounted to 2.8 billion tons, with equivalent quantities of carbon dioxide released … Continue reading

Spiber- Spider Silk Fibers Material Watch for 2017

  North Face Moon Parka from We all have “that friend” who is afraid of spiders. However I don’t there are any arachnophobes working at the Japanese company Spiber. In fact, they believe that spiders are the future for sustainable industrial production. Spiber develops materials that are derived from an ersatz spider silk. They … Continue reading

Environmental Audit MEC backpack

Backpack Features: Made of 40-denier nylon with a water-resistant silicone polyurethane coating. Contoured, slim shoulder straps have mesh lining for ventilation. Height-adjustable sternum strap is detachable. Stretch-woven side pockets for narrow water bottles. Zippered front pocket for easy access to your phone or snacks. Internal zippered pocket for valuables. Removable foam back pad. When removed … Continue reading

SIGA Tape-Small Product With a BIG Impact

SIGA Rissan 100 Tape from It is recently estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency that the average person spends 90% of their life indoors. Poor indoor air quality is a great risk to human health. It is compromised by improper heating and venting systems, contamination of construction materials, and indoor air contaminants such as … Continue reading

Transparent Wood- Sustainable Material Discovery

Transparent Wood Sample from Who says windows have to be made from glass? This new innovation is both suitable for mass production, low in cost, and a renewable resource. In early 2016 researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm developed a transparent wood material with limitless building possibilities. The transparent wood has … Continue reading

SKRILK – bioplastic?

Upon research for my final assignment I came across a new material that is being researched at Harvard University. It is made from discarded shrimp shells and silk proteins, has coined its name ‘shrilk’. This new material is described as “thin, clear, and as hard as aluminum at half the weight.” Researchers have developed a … Continue reading

This is ED

By: Jeannine Dao In the MIC, left to the entrance door is a shelf with a bunch of magazines. A particular magazine caught my eye, called “This is ED”. What caught my eye about this magazine was the “ED”, since I am in the Environmental Design program. MIC has tones of these magazines but I … Continue reading