What is Mushroom® Packaging?
Mushroom Packaging is
Grown to shape in only 7 days, no post-processing required
Custom molded at a fraction of the cost of foam packaging
Flame resistant, due to inherent properties of mycelium
Biodegradable and fully home-compostable, returning nutrients back to the earth
Naturally water resistant (hydrophobic), making it suitable for thermal applications and shipping with ice packs that are subject to melting
An active soil amendment, strengthens the growth of plants
Mushroom® Packaging is fully home-compostable and Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified. Whereas many products that claim to be compostable require energy-intensive processing, Mushroom® Packaging naturally reverts to soil nutrients after just 45 days.
Simply break up the packaging into small pieces, and toss them into the compost bin or spread them throughout your garden. While it is possible to dispose of Mushroom® Packaging in the garbage or industrial compost bin, we recommend home composting. Mushroom® Packaging is a natural fit for the circular economy, creating self assembling, high value products from agricultural waste, reducing pollution and nourishing the planet at the same time.
30 years, if kept in standard dry storage conditions
Industry Recognized Certifications
Biodegradable Product Institute (ASTM D6400, soil toxicology)
USDA Biobased Preferred (ASTM D6866)
International Living Future Institute, Declare Red-List Free
VOC (ASTM D1333) and Aldehyde Free (ASTM D6007)
Every year, Americans alone use an incredible 900,000 metric tons of plastic foam protective packaging. When you account for the embodied energy and fossil fuels involved, that’s around 1.5 million metric tons of petroleum. A comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment found that Mushroom® Packaging consumes only a tenth of the energy for an equivalent volume of foam, with only an eight of the greenhouse gasses.
Mushroom® Packaging is made from hemp hurd, which we upcycle from the waste streams of the fiber hemp industry. This is done through a process called decortication, where the fiber is stripped from the hemp plants and separated for use in various industries, like textiles and ropes. We use the spongy hurd (or pith), which our mycelium loves to eat, binding together into a lightweight, solid material. Fun fact: hemp sequesters more carbon per acre than any other commercial crop.
Recyclable: Capable of being taken apart into its basic components to be re-used for the same use, or for another purpose entirely.
Biodegradable: Can be broken down and metabolized by animals or microbes to become nutrition for other parts of the ecosystem.
Degradable: Can break down into smaller pieces not necessarily useful to living organisms. Plastics, for example, can degrade but are not biodegradable.
Compostable: Able to biodegrade into nutrients for the Earth, breaking down quickly under defined conditions that support plant growth and soil health.