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Ecovative is...


a world leading biomaterials company creating and scaling environmentally-friendly products that are cost and performance competitive with conventional materials.

Featured Materials


Myco Board

Current applications: furniture components and work surfaces

We’re manufacturing a replacement for particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard. Rather than using harmful resins, we bind particles together with our natural resin. We make molded shapes or large panels, and also thin ply materials that are more flexible.

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Myco Foam

Current applications: packaging - In development applications: insulation, acoustics

Replace plastic foams like Styrofoam with our Earth friendly alternative! Today we’re making Mushroom® Packaging- a protective packaging product that companies like Dell and Stanhope Seta are using today. We’re also developing Mushroom Insulation and acoustics, core materials, and aquatic products.

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Myco Make

Current applications: teddy bears, balls, anything you can imagine!

Our Grow It Yourself program is a chance for you to create your own projects and products with our raw material! Get all of the tools you need to do it here.

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“If we are going to continue to grow and prosper as a people, we can't be reliant upon materials that can't be upcycled or reused in the future.”

- Gavin McIntyre, Chief Scientist of Ecovative

Ecovative and Danielle Trofe at World Maker Faire- limited edition GIY kit available!

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Who: Ecovative and Danielle Trofe What:...

Designing Shiro- A Stool Created with Mushroom Materials

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Shiro is an appealing stool, designed with the innovative Mushroom Material in mind. It is the outcome of a research and design process, which questioned the integration of a new material in furniture design. A material that uses the growing process of mushr...

Interested in Becoming an Ecovator?

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Are you interested in joining Ecovative’s dynamic, fun, and motivated team? If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Careers page lately, you should make your way over there right now to see what roles we’re cu...

Steelcase, Students, and Sustainability

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

By Kaitlyn Aholt and Alicia Crawford- Materials Chemistry at Steelcase This past March, Steelcase’s Materials Chemistry team (part of Global Environmental Sustainability team) took a trip out to Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell, Michigan to spend the morning with Mr. Audia's 4th grade science class. He periodically brings in guest speakers to talk about their careers and give his students an idea of the many different paths they could choose...

A Biodegradable Urn, Grown by Florian Gregor

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Hi everyone! My name is Florian Gregor, I am 24 years old and from Salzburg, Austria. I have been studying Forest Products Technology and Timber Constructions at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg. In my bachelor degree course we have been working a lot with wood materials. Due to the University I studied at, I am constantly confronted with the topic of sustainability. This year I was ...

Quirky explores GIY Mushroom Material

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

An Eco-vative idea: biodegradable mushroom packaging This post originally appeared at www.quirky.com [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGtKohx1k4E] Ever think about where product packaging comes from or where it goes after you use it? Scott Shephard does. As Quirky’s “VP of cardboard,” everything we package...

Ecovative Featured in Post-Petroleum Design Book

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

"Around the world, more and more people are growing concerned about oil and its consequences and are moving toward new alternatives. This movement is happening at all scales, from major auto manufacturers developing biodegradable vehicles to individuals saying no to plasti...

Ecovative Supports New York Industrial Hemp

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

New York is taking its first steps toward regulating the growth of industrial hemp, joining 19 other states with sanctioned programs. Industrial Hemp – the plant Cannabis sativa L. with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content no greater than 0.3% - can be transformed into a myriad of products ranging from cordage to automotive parts and yes, even Mushroom® Materials. Ec...

GIY- Gettin’ Technical

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Just as spring is in full bloom, so is our recently launched GIY program. Since the launch, we’ve been inundated with orders and many questions regarding some of the more technical aspects of our GIY Mushroom® Material. Why did we choose this amount of material to put in the GIY bag? Why do we need to use plastic bags with a filter-patch? Why do we need to add water? These are some of the questions ...

Join Ecovative and Danielle Trofe for a GIY demo in Brooklyn

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Ecovative​ will team up with ​Danielle Trofe​,​ a Brooklyn­-based designer, to demonstrate how

The Nutrients in Mushroom® Packaging Can Help You Grow Food

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Ecovative grows its packaging on the fibers of agricultural plants. The macromolecules that compose those fibers, and the mineral nutrients that are bound to them, can be recycled in your own garden and used to grow vegetables! To prove this, I created compost from Myco Foam packaging samples that were mixed with ordinary kitchen food scraps (no meat!), and turned ten times once a week in a compost tumbler throughout the growing season of 201...

How You Can Help Companies Switch to Sustainable Packaging

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

If everyone knows that plastic is bad for the environment, why is it still so widely used? That’s the question that has been bugging me for as long as I can remember. Most of us are taught from a young age that these materials are horrible for the environment and our health (thank you to all the awesome teachers and parents who carry on this education!), but when we order a package ...

Remembering Burt Swersey

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

It is with overwhelming sadness I share with you the news that our original champion and progenitor Burt Swersey passed away earlier this week. Burt was instrumental in the creation of Ecovative, which grew out of his Inventors Studio course, and was involved throughout our history to date. Burt was the most remarkable human I have ever encountered. He combined a passion for technological innovation with the firm belief that we must apply tec...

The Adaptability of Ecovators

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

When I started at Ecovative back in 2011, we occupied a small warehouse space and were still in the early “start-up” phase of production. Over time, we moved from our tiny place to a factory twice the size across the street. Even that proved unable to hold us back in our growth and we took over another section of the warehouse strip. It was easy enough, just smash a hole in the wall and annex the space beyond. Like the mycelium that makes our ...

How Can We Prevent Ocean Plastic Pollution?

Written by Ecovative | 09/25/15

Plastic pollution in our waterways is a serious problem. The evidence published last week in the Feb 13th issue of Science, exposed the 4.8-12 million metric tons per year (!!) of plastic reaching our oceans in a report called "Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean." Time is short to rescue ocean life. Ecovative's Mushroom Materials can help eliminate the styr...

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