Turns out, yes it could!
The groundbreaking Mycelium technology provides a robust, sustainable and lightweight packaging alternative to plastic foams, such as polystyrene, leaving literally not mushroom for old-fashioned plastic packaging (Sorry, we’re so fungi).
‘Myceli-what’, you ask? Well, luckily for you, CuCo’s amazing eco-heroes know all about this exciting new packaging trend – and we’ve even tried and tested it ourselves!
Here’s what you need to know:
What is Mycelium?
Mycelium is the root part of a fungus. It’s actually the largest organism on the planet.
Pretty cool, right?! It get’s even better – because Mycelium is also nature’s biggest recycler!
The mushroom roots break down toxins, such as plastic or oils (that’s right, it can actually eat plastic!), turning them into nourishment that can help other living organisms thrive.
A plastic-eating, nutritious superfood? What’s not to like! But thanks to new technology, Mycelium can do even more than that.
So, how does this powerful shroom turn into a sustainable packaging alternative?
The process starts by upcycling agricultural waste materials, such as corn husks and hemp, that are of no further use to farmers. Then, Mycelium gets to do its thing by breaking down these fibres and binding them together.
During this process, the fungi creates a thread-like web that can be formed into various types of packaging and offers a sustainable alternative to single-used plastics that is 100% biodegradable and composts in 45 days when added to soil.