Mushrooms seen as eco-friendly successor to plastics

10/23/2013 | Guardian (London), The

The thin, web-like roots of mushrooms form the basis for a type of renewable product that would replace petroleum-sourced plastics. And the roots consume agricultural waste, requiring no costly drilling or mining, notes Eben Bayer, co-founder of Ecovative, which is developing a range of materials with plastic-like qualities. "We're able to compete with an entrenched billion-dollar plastic industry because we're not extracting things," Bayer said.

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