Feb 14, 2024 | Mushroom Packaging

Recycling of Mycelium Products

Every day, without much thought, we throw away about 5 plastic packages. This might not seem a lot, but it adds up quickly and causes a big problem. We all know plastic not good for our planet and most people and companies are already trying to use less of it. But finding better materials isn’t always easy. Some of them aren’t that eco-friendly either, or they’re hard to recycle. But guess what? We’ve found a really good solution!

Mushroom® Packaging: A Game-Changer


Let us introduce you to Mushroom ® Packaging . It’s made from mycelium, the roots of mushrooms. This material is amazing for a lot of reasons. It is natural, provides excellent protection for products and is effortlessly recyclable. There is no need for big machines or complicated recycling processes. Nature does the job for us.
“In the winter months, it takes six to seven weeks, just in my own garden. In the summer, when it’s warmer and more humid, it goes a bit faster.” But actually, Jan Berbee, CEO of Grown bio prefers higher-quality applications where the packaging remains intact. “Like a pen holder or as a compostable flowerpot.”

3 Considerations Why Mycelium Products Are Great for Recycling

  1. Biodegradable Composition: Mycelium products are naturally biodegradable, breaking down harmlessly in the environment without leaving behind anything harmful. Unlike plastics that can take hundreds of years to decompose, mycelium packaging decomposes in a matter of weeks, turning into nutrient-rich soil that benefits the earth.
  2. Low Energy Recycling Process: The natural decomposition process eliminates the need for large machinery or complex treatments, making it a more sustainable recycling method.
  3. Reusability: Mycelium’s strength and durability allows multiple uses before composting.


The Role of Mycelium in Nature and Packaging

Mycelium plays an important role in nature, breaking down organic material and enriching the soil. Apart from its incredible role in nature, mycelium grows fast into a strong product thanks to a material called chitin which makes it suitable for packaging material that’s not only strong and versatile but also beneficial for the environment. Mycelium’s adaptability allows us to grow it into various shapes and forms.

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