Mycelium in The Packaging Industry – Be a Local Supplier.

This post talks about the packaging market place
and where Mycelium Packaging would fit in.

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Mycelium in the Packaging Industry

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We have heard it all before:    Polymers forever – the Plastics revolution*

There are lots of reasons to look for replacements.  Some say that the 2nd largest industrial polluter is plastics – the single-use kind. The kind that cushions/protects packaging is one of the big ones. 

Mycelium in the Packaging Industry – Can it compete?

Can alternative packaging compete?  How realistic is this forecast?

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New Market Data 2019: Bioplastics industry continues dynamic grow over the next five years

This post is about the “protective” packaging industry.  Today, a mycelium grown composite material can replace plastic-foam material. The kind around the computer that might arrive at your home. However, after you take out the computer and want to throw away the foam, if it is a mycelium grown composite, you can break it up into pieces and drop it in your garden to decompose. 100% compostable.

Economic potential of Bio-Packaging

Packaging in any form is the single largest consumer of plastic. Packaging accounts for 40% of this €300billion-a-year industry in Europe alone.  While all the packaging segments will register healthy gains, they will be outpaced by the e-commerce market, which is dependent on protective packaging.  Their prices have been going up since the start of 2017. Is this because of oil prices?


Currently, the bio-plastics market is about 1% of standard petrochemical-based polymer plastic sales.  Packaging is the largest share of bio-plastics at almost 60% (1.2 million tonnes) of both flexible and rigid.  Bio-plastics are products made of plant-elements and are at least partly bio-degradable. Mycelium protective packaging is 100% plant-based and 100% bio-degradable.

If oil prices continue to rise, the demand for environment friendly products will grow. Polluters must pay for the environmental damage they cause – raising their prices. The price gap between plastic and alternative packaging will narrow.  Already in 2016 bio-plastic producers were saying that the cost of some next-generation bio-plastics were about equal with the cost to produce from oil.

Is totally natural packaging feasible?

Using plant-based packaging removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as the plants/fungi grow.  This makes it a carbon neutral process, possibly carbon negative.  This means that other companies will invest in your mushroom packaging company to get carbon offsets.

There is an increasing number of renewable-resource based alternatives. They range from corn, sugar cane and starch to bamboo, algae, seaweed, cashew nuts as well as the mushroom packaging.  The feasibility of these products will depend on their renewability and carbon footprint. But, of course, they will also depend on their ability to compete and their relationship with alternative land uses.  Plant-based industries lend themselves best as local suppliers.  The global bio-plastics packaging industry is forecast, by some, to grow from 2017–2022 at an annual average rate of 17%. And may have a market value of almost $7.2 billion.

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Mushroom packaging and bio-plastics already in use by big companies

The demand for mushroom packaging should take a significant share of the global packaging market in the near future.  Already in 2011 some companies started to use alternative packaging.

  • DELL: bamboo packaging and mushroom packaging for their servers.
  • Procter&Gamble:  sugar cane-based polyethylene containers
  • Coca-Cola:  bottles contain at least 30% plant-based material – PlantBottl
  • NEC:  70% bioplastic in mobile phone cases made out of cashew nut shells and oil
  • Snyder’s of Hanover:  renewable plant based packaging for pretzels
  • Whole Foods: fiber-based biodegradable food-to-go containers
  • Macy’s:  100% biodegradable packaging materials for online purchase shipments

Mushroom Packaging continues to lower its energy footprint with sterilising technology.  Companies already using it for their products are Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW) (Lighting), Stanhope Seta (laboratory instruments), Merck, SPOR, Steelcase Inc. (furniture), Dell Computers, and now Ikea.

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Dell Technologies, for example, has tested mushroom packaging in its laboratories. They are using it to ship their servers to select customers, which ship four at a time.  The mushroom cushions are used in combination with other packaging made from bamboo. “We’ve tested this in the lab, it passed all of our packaging tests.  Perform’s like a champ.”  says Dell’s Director of Worldwide Procurement & Packaging. “With any new material we introduce, we make sure to also check it by using it in the field.”

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Mushroom packaging passed Steelcase Inc.’s extensive sustainability tests as well as performance tests for quality, durability and humidity following the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards.

Mycelium in the Packaging Industry creates further income potential for farmers. It gives them a way to sell, rather than throw away, agricultural byproducts.  The business model for fabricating mushroom packaging supports local economies.

Mycelium in the Packaging Industry

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

This S.W.O.T. Analysis shows the many competitive advantages Mushroom based materials have over plastic.


  • Biodegradable
  • Easily grown from agricultural waste products which are plentiful
  • Strong, lightweight, mouldable
  • uses less energy in fabrication
  • No waste or pollution from the process itself
  • Inexpensive
  • No health risks
  • Mycelium is naturally fire resistant!


  • can take longer to produce than most plastics
  • At this time, smaller range of products that plastics


  • Environmentally safe replacement of plastic products
  • Research opportunities to improve and create more products
  • Community development through GrowItYourself initiatives


  • Competing against strong established plastic 
  • Misinformed opposition to fungus grown products
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Mycelium in the Packaging Industry

Companies doing it now >>>>>>>>>>>

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Ecovative grows their Packaging from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.

  • High quality performing
  • Has a premium, natural aesthetic
  • Price competitive with most fabricated plastic foams
  • Unbeatable environmental story
  • Home-compostable and sustainable
  • Non-abrasive
  • Custom designed to fit your products
  • Not derived from petroleum or food
  • Made in the USA

Ecovative wants to work with industry and consumers to rid the world of toxic, un-sustainable materials.  We believe in creating products that enable companies to achieve their sustainability goals, without having to sacrifice on cost or performance.  >> How to make your own……

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You will find contact information of Ecovative’s partners at the bottom of this post.*

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Well established suppliers like Testvalley Packaging are beginning to offer bio-degradable materials including mushroom packaging……

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Even large pure plastic packaging suppliers are getting on board…………

*Polymers forever? – the Plastics revolution

*Polymers forever – the Plastics revolution Starting in the 1920’s Mr. Hermann Staudinger began his campaign.  Mass production of plastic started in the mid 1940’s and Mr. Staudinger finally won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on synthetic polymers. Now Polymers/Plastics are everywhere — and therein lies the problem.  Plastics we use in everyday life, more than 75% of all plastic packaging, is single-use.

The Naive Plastics revolution

Plastics are both very durable in use, and very resistant to break-down.  Ocean currents have caused plastic to collect in specific areas. In 1997 the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ was discovered. – the naive plastics revolution

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) announced that the list of leading brands, retailers, and packaging companies working toward 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging, by 2025 had grown to 11. The list now includes Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz.  These companies represent more than 6 million tonnes of plastic packaging per year.  Global demand for protective packaging is forecast to increase 6.5% per year to $33.5 billion by 2021. This is in large part due to the e-commerce industry. 

UPDATE:  Nestlé joined the list in April 2018 and Colgate-Palmolive joined in June 2018.  The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is calling for the whole industry to follow this lead.

Mycelium in the Packaging Industry

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One of the Interpack alliance events

Shanghai World of Packaging
How many new innovations will be there?

Mycelium in the Packaging Industry – growing !

*Mycelium Composite Material Suppliers

Suppliers of Mycelium Composite Material, around the world:

>Mr. Russell Whittam,,
I’ve done lots of work with universities the last few years; supplying them with substrate and how to make their own materiel, etc. as well.
I’ve got a new product coming out about mid-2020 – for making things – just add water, spawn and mold the material. Then let it grow. Contact him at: [email protected]

>>>>Egypt: mycelium material This start-up team has patented their own myco-composite material using mushroom strains found in Egypt. They have started to sell bowls, pots and to offer Mycelium packaging. We offer different products in construction such as insulation panels and open to supplying packaging as protective packaging for those seeking eco-friendly alternatives. We are also open to other creative projects using mycelium material. Visit our website:

> – has a license agreement with Ecovative Design.
their new MycoComposite™ kits consist of only LIVING mushroom material and are supplied to the EU countries. Possible also for geographical Europe, but customs clearances must be taken care of by the person making the order. is now supplying the Mycelium Composite ™ material to insulate buildings. They have insulated class rooms in an Amsterdam school building and in a house in a village near Rotterdam. Scroll down to Building & Architecture products here. They have supplied the MycoComposite™ to many of the projects taking place in Europe, recently, that have been mentioned in my posts. sells other things made from MycoComposite™.

Finally! > At Roha we develop Mycelium bio-composite based protective packaging that can replace Styrofoam using agricultural residue and mushroom mycelium, we do this by collaborating with farmers and self-help groups in the villages, boosting their income.
On other hand we collaborate with startups and brands in consumer electronics space , design and develop protective packaging for their needs.

>MYCL, Mycotech Lab has an internship program. It makes a lot of sense to get some controlled experience with mycelium. MYCOTECH Lab produces and sells, mycelium board composite panels BIOBO, and supplied the labor and material for the MycoTree project.

>Fungitech Mushroom farm waste is always a big problem for mushroom growers all around the world. In our site, we fully utilise this farm waste to make 100% chemical-free and biodegradable mycelium biomaterial. Currently, we mainly supply this green biomaterial for packaging purpose. This patent pending innovative technology is able to solve mushroom farm waste problem and provide a greener life style to our mother Earth.

>>>>The Netherlandsfor Large orders in the EU Mycelium Materials Europe (in short
MME) started in 2018. We grow sustainable mycelium materials based on mushroom technology. We produce two types of organic materials in our own mushroom farm: MyFoam® (pure mycelium foam) and HedelComposite Hedelcomposite is composed of sterilized residual sawdust and inoculated with mycelium. Ready to use. Grow your own biodegradable mycelium objects with Hedelcomposite in just one week!  Maximum of 10 bags (300L) per order. 

>>>>New Zealand
> Bio Fab NZ a new company that Ecovative has licensed in New Zealand. “Lesley, We currently work within Australasia so can only ship within New Zealand and Australia. We are looking at having a large scale plant open early to mid 2021 and aim to set up one in Australia soon after. We are planning on selling Grow-it-yourself kits, but not until our plant is up and running.” says James from [email protected]

> The Magical Mushroom Company a new company/website in the UK. (Ecovative License)..The Magical Mushroom Company is the UK’s first-ever production plant manufacturing mycelium-based packaging. Founded by three friends wanting to make a difference.

>Grow-It-Yourself Kits for MycoComposite™ are now available direct from Ecovative’s Here you will find all instructions, learning, and purchasing information., however, only ships the MycoComposite™ material within North America.
>Ecovative LLC has transferred all their Mushroom Packaging production equipment to a facility 4x bigger at Paradise Packaging Co which is now handled under the general website: The new company and new website offer you more information about the mushroom packaging material and how it works.

>>>more places around planet Earth?
From Ecovative Design LLC (“Ecovative”):
>You can place order for MycoComposite Material from Ecovative’s bulk order for mycelium spawn & substrate. Here you will find all sorts of different options not just bulk orders.
>If you are interested in building a business in MycoComposite technology, Ecovative is now handling partnership discussions from here: Licensing with Ecovative allows the partner to explore alternate substrates, techniques, and products.
If you are in Europe, check out the Ecovative European “Open Patent Program” for Composite Materials
>For other issues Contact Ecovative Here

If you are a Myco Composite Supplier, or you know of one or a course on how to make Mycelium Composite Material, PLEASE let me know! So I can add them to the list!

All my Mycelium posts

Additional posts, about Mycelium in Industry:
….all of which starts here:
Mycelium in Industry – Ancient and New

Construction industry,
Packaging industry,
Textile industry,
Furniture industry
Mycelium R&D Projects
Mycelium in Fashion Marketing – One Approach
May 2019 Mycelium in Industry update: Construction, Packaging, Textile, Furniture, +
June 2019 Mycelium Composites? Hands-on – Do it yourself
October 2019 Mycotecture? more-Mycelium in Construction
March 2020 “Mycelium in Industry” Where else can you get information?
March 2020 Mycelium in Construction?…some tangible progress
October 2020 Mycelium Is IN Textile/Fashion – 2020
December 2020 MycoProteins – Mushrooms To Meat?
February 2021 Construction, Mycelium, Industry..Wait A Minute
September 2021 Mycelium Momentum; World Is Waking Up.
January 2022 Myco-Remediation – Decompose And Remedy
July 2023 Mycelium Packaging – How To Make It A Business In 2023

How to join the Circular Economy and other eco-concerns of small business owners are the motive for my blog. Tell me what you are looking for. Maybe I can help you find it.

11 Replies to “Mycelium in The Packaging Industry – Be a Local Supplier.”

  1. Hello,
    I am really interested in this sustainable idea of packaging, I come from a background of having 50 years of experience in paper and board industry. We are a distributor based in Bangalore and would like to know more about this product.

    Please reach me at [email protected]

    1. Dear Sir;,
      I will suggest that you review all my posts on mycelium. A number of start-up companies have told me that they got a lot of their early information from my blog. You will find a list of all mycelium posts at the bottom of each of those posts.
      Please be aware that even the innovators who started using mycelium in packaging have stated:”We typically focus on replacing polypropylene, polyethylene and polyurethane foams, as well as low volumes of polystyrene. We do not focus on replacing molded paper pulp or cut corrugated cardboard, as these are often sustainable and cost-efficient solutions.”
      At any time, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
      Just another citizen wishing to encourage small businesses to go Green

  2. Hello ! I am from Bangalore, India. Want to know the cost comparison with EPE or EPS ….please share. any COMPANIES in India producing Mushroom Packaging ? Pl give details……..Thank you so much

    1. Hi ,

      We are EPS manufacturers in India , we are have many clients which are looking for eco friendly packaging clients basically substitute for thermocol.
      We are genuinely interested in this kind of eco friendly packaging , please feel free to reach out to us .

      Thanks and Regards,
      Email :
      Whatsup :9902573401

    2. Dear Mr. Baddi,
      If not in the near future, at least by first of next year, I am going to publish a post about the fact that “of all the Mycelium Industries being developed, the one that is NOT keeping up with the others by spreading world wide is Mycelium Packaging”. The originators of this industry, did all the home work and seemingly are not willing to help just any small business get started, unless there are significant investments and business expertise being involved.
      From the start of my work on this blog, which is only since 2018, I have found very consistent queries from India looking for a company in India that provides this product. Up until now there have been some, but none that have actually opened and started operating, that I know of.
      That being said, as I have only begun my research for that post, I have found that one company that I thought would succeed has shown up as being acquired by another company (if I have it correctly) in India.
      1. Take a look at this May 2022 article: Mycelium Biotechnology partners with Sona Group for new India facility meeting “shroom boom” demand
      2. There is another company setting up in Singapore: . They are some where in their R&D stage, but have clear hopes of developing something in India. I would suggest you consider contacting them.
      3. At the bottom of each of my mycelium posts there is a list of suppliers. I would strongly suggest that you contact the ones whose websites suggest that they are far enough along in the development in the packaging area, that they might be willing to negotiate something with you, if cost effective from your point of you, such as located in New Zealand and servicing Australia.
      This is as much as I can offer you today….maybe by the time my next myco post is published there will be more.
      Just another citizen wishing to encourage small businesses to go Green

  3. Hi ,

    We are cardboard packaging manufacturers in India , we are have many MNC clients which are looking for eco friendly packaging clients basically substitute for thermocol and plastics .
    We are genuinely interested in this kind of eco friendly packaging , please feel free to reach out to us .

    Thanks and Regards,
    Email : [email protected]

  4. Hi I’m Ravi Mishra I am looking product which replace polystyrene thermocol usage for packaging. We used polystyrene as a insulation to protect our goods from direct heat. Can mushroom made packaging solution work out for us? Plz respond to my email I’d [email protected].

    1. Hi! Mr. Mishra,
      Very nice to hear from you.
      You are looking for a packaging that has good insulation properties and the mushroom protective packaging has good insulation properties and is fireproof.
      But what I need to know from you, is if your need is the outside container or inside protective packaging? Mushroom packaging is the protective inner packaging, not the container. This is very similar to polystyrene thermocol, which is also an inner liner. Is that what you are looking for?

      Would you please reply to my email address: [email protected]

      Best Regards,
      Lesley Woodfin
      Just another concerned citizen of planet Earth

  5. I am from india. I wish to know more about mycellium mushroom packaging product.
    My email. [email protected]
    Request you to send some detail for the same.


    Deepak Gawde
    +91 9822255023

    1. Sir,
      I am glad to hear from you.
      I am going to contact you by email to ask you some questions and get you the information you need.

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