In this post:
The Requirements for Closed-Loop processes,
the basic process of using mycelium in composites,
Fungi live everywhere that moisture is present,
…at the bottom other posts & MycoComposite Material suppliers
Industrial Strength Mushroom
If mushrooms are so basic to our planet, why not continue with them?
Those that study the beginnings of planet Earth find that Mycelium probably were here first and built the atmosphere for planet Earth to make it possible for us to breath.
If Mushrooms, Fungi, which are made up of mycelium (a network of fungal threads [called hyphae] sometimes so tiny we can not see them with the naked eye), are the material of this planet’s beginnings, maybe Industrial Strength Mushroom should push us into the future. Is this our way to return to harmony with planet Earth?
The Requirements for Closed-Loop processes
The key to our continued life on planet Earth may be right beneath our feet, crawling up trees, on the shelves in our vegetable markets. It is believed that Industrial Strength Mushroom can help solve many of industries greatest challenges; from cleaning up CO2 to producing products that are sustainable, and fulfill all the requirements needed to achieve a Circular Economy.
- Free of Fossil based materials and fuel
- Far less energy to produce industrial products/raw materials
- Re-newable, Re-usable – lightweight, sustainable but static
- Compost back into nature
- Carbon-Neutral or even carbon-negative
- Elastic properties of both tension and compression
- Will fill a mold shape as required
- Fire Resistant
- Dyeable and Vegan
What if you have a business from which others could buy carbon offsets, because your business is carbon negative and their business is not. Your company produces a product that can be composted when it is thrown away. Your product is not made with fossil fuel, in fact, it uses far less energy in production. Yes! This is all possible and best achieved as local companies/suppliers.
Industries already use Mycelium bio-based technology.
Industrial Strength Mushroom is already a supplier to the Textile, Packaging, Construction, Food and Furniture industries….for starters….and can be the foundation of thousands of local Small and Medium size businesses.
The basic process is like making bread.
(Yeast is a single–cell fungus)
- Something Agricultural/vegetable is seeded with mycelium (like mixing yeast into flour).
- After a short period of incubation/cultivation, the mixture is cut or pulled into little pieces to fill some kind of mold/shape.
- The mycelium grows a few days until it has covered and surrounded the vegetable particles.
- In a last step, the shape is pulled from the mold and dried to stop the mycelium from growing any further.
Grow your product. How many things that are still petroleum-based, today, can we substitute with a Mycelium product?
Enemy Number One or Two?
According to a World Economic Forum article, we are entering a new era in relationship to plastic. What was once a miracle product has become public enemy number one. The recent efforts to control its use have been mostly single-use plastics, but there is lots of other plastics to replace with something else.
Image: UN Environment
More than 300 million tons of plastic waste went into the ocean in 2015 . The research of the Ocean Cleanup has even worse statistics.
Any and all alternatives to plastic that we can find / develop and that follow the factors of a Circular production process, will only help.
Fungi live everywhere that moisture is present.
The map above is from May 27–31, 2015. It shows the amount of moisture in the top 5 centimeters of the ground. Dark green and blue areas are wetter and the lighter areas are drier. It is possible to see that you can establish an Industrial Strength Mushroom facility in many parts of the world.
In additional posts, you can take a look at Mycelium in:
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 – How to do it yourself
October 2019 Mycotecture? more-Mycelium in Construction
March 2020 “Mycelium in Industry” Where else can you get information, help, assistance?
March 2020 Mycelium in Construction?…some tangible progress
….all of which can be what was discussed on the first post in this series; the foundation of thousands of Local Future Businesses – The Mycelium Industry – Ancient and New
Suppliers of Mycelium Composite Material, around the world:
>Mr. Russell Whittam, www.aussimushroomsupplies.com.au,
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]
>Ecovative Design is closing a license agreement for Australia. Write to them to get specifics.
>Grown.bio – 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.
Grown.bio 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. Grown.bio sells other things made from MycoComposite™.
>MYCOTECH has an internship, offer. It makes a lot of sense to get some controlled experience with mycelium. MYCOTECH produces and sells, mycelium board composite panels BIOBO, and supplied the labor and material for the MycoTree project.
> Bio Fab NZ a new website that Ecovative has lincensed in New Zealand.
> The Magical Mushroom Company a new website that Ecovative has lincensed in the UK.
>Grow-It-Yourself Kits for MycoComposite™ are now available direct from Ecovative’s Grow.bio. Here you will find all instructions, learning, and purchasing information. Grow.bio, however, only ships the MycoComposite™ material within North America.
>Ecovative Design has transferred all their Mushroom Packaging production equipment to a facility 4x bigger at Paradise Packaging Co. The new company and new website offer you more information about the mushroom packaging material and how it works. As always, the company is also happy to discuss licensing.
>The Mushroom Guru, Ash Gordon, that assisted Ms. Katy Ayers with her Myconoe, would be happy to “help people grow mycelium and mushrooms in any capacity“. Nebraska Mushroom LLC, [email protected]
>>>more places around planet Earth:
From Ecovative: “We are finalizing licenses that will soon bring MycoComposite™ to Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe. Ecovative receives dozens of licensing inquiries a week. We are establishing licenses to serve markets around the world, in order to reduce cost and carbon footprint when shipping material. A license is in the works for Australia. If you don’t see your location listed now, you can be sure Mushroom® Packaging will be available in your region, soon. Contact Ecovative to get specifics.
If you know about or are a Mycelium Material supplier, or offer a course in using Mycelium Material, PLEASE let me know. So I can add you to the list!