Apr 23, 2024 | Blog, Mushroom Packaging

The hidden danger of plastics: urgent call for a shift to sustainable packaging

A recent study by Dr. Lukas Kenner, working at the Medical University of Vienna found something worrying: cancer cells might grow faster when they get in contact with microplastics. While there are still some uncertainties in the research, it’s another sign that we really need to think about using less plastic. The danger of plastics is becoming clearer, and we need to start choosing safer materials.

Why we need to worry about plastics

Dr. Kenner, a top cancer researcher, has shown that plastics might not just be harmful; they could be a trigger for cancer. His studies suggest that microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic that you can find almost everywhere, might speed up how fast cancer grows and even help start it in the first place. While more research is needed to understand the full impact, the initial results are a wake-up call.

Danger of plastics – the call for action

Both Dr. Kenner and Maria Westerbos, founder of the Plastic Soup Foundation, are calling for immediate changes. They want more funding for research on how plastics affect our health and stronger action from governments and companies to reduce plastic use.

“This research scares me, and I hope it scares others too.” – Dr. Kenner

“There should be no doubt that plastic is killing us.” – Maria Westerbos.

Why switch to mycelium packaging?

Given the alarming research on plastics, it’s clear we need safer, sustainable alternatives. This is where mycelium packaging comes into play. Made from the root structure of mushrooms, mycelium packaging offers a powerful solution. Here’s why it’s a great choice:

  • Eco-friendly: Mycelium is natural and biodegradable, breaking down harmlessly in the environment.
  • Sustainable: It only contains 2 ingredients – agricultural waste and mycelium.
  • Safe: Unlike plastics, mycelium is plastic free & contains no toxic chemicals.

Join the movement away from plastics

The research by Dr. Kenner isn’t just a warning – it’s a call to action for all of us. Whether you’re a business owner, policymaker, or consumer, it’s time to rethink plastic use and switch to safer, sustainable alternatives like mycelium packaging. Together, we can work towards a healthier, plastic-free future. Let’s make the switch to materials that nurture rather than harm.

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