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Facts

  1. Our name, Ecovative, comes from eco (as in ecology) plus innovative. Be careful with auto-spell check, which may accidentally correct to Evocative.
  2. Our process does not use spores. We use mycelium, which is the vegetative growth stage of fungi. Spores are produced by the fruiting body or mushroom and we don't grow our materials long enough to produce mushrooms or spores.
  3. The agricultural wastes we use are clean plant byproducts like stalks and seed husks. Unlike some mushroom production, we don't use manure or compost.
  4. We don't make packing peanuts today. We have commercialized custom molded protective packaging. These engineered packing parts have been used to ship everything from sensitive electronics to heavy furniture. Today, we are developing many exciting new applications for Mushroom® Materials.
  5. In the past, a few publications have included some numbers about our low energy process. Ecovative has not yet published a peer reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Our aim is to have an energy and environmental footprint that is not just a little better, but far better, than conventional materials. We look forward to sharing these numbers and making comparisons to plastic production in the future.
  6. Ecovative owns rights for several product names. Learn more about these trade names and nomenclature.

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Materials:

Mushroom® Materials - This overarching technology (like "plastics") includes any and all materials developed by Ecovative that are grown with mycelium. Mushroom® Materials include Myco Foam and Myco Board and are used in a wide range of industries and applications.

Myco Foam - This low-density class of materials is comparable to plastic foams including expanded or extruded polystyrene (Styrofoam), polypropylene, and polyethylene. Myco Foam is used for Mushroom® Packaging, Mushroom® Insulation and other applications.

Myco Board - Structural biocomposites that compare to engineered wood products like medium density fiberboard (MDF) and other core materials commonly used in furniture, cabinetry, and building applications.

Applications/Products:

Mushroom® Packaging - Protective packaging that is made out of Myco Foam and sold worldwide.

Restore™ Mushroom® Packaging - This is the trade name from Sealed Air, the exclusive licensee of Myco Foam for protective packaging and blocking & bracing in North America and Europe.

Mushroom® Insulation - This rigid board insulation is made out of Myco Foam and can be used in a wide range of thermal and acoustic insulating applications.

Names no longer in use:

  • Acorn
  • EcoCradle
  • Greensulate
  • MycoBond Technology

Trade Registration

US Trademark Registration 4,136,391 reserves "Mushroom" for packing and insulation materials comprised of prefabricated insulation panels, insulation blocks, acoustical insulation, and acoustical panels for furniture, electronics, appliances, housewares, machine parts, novelty products, food products, glassware, labware and equipment.

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Unveiling the World’s First Mushroom® Surfboards
published September 24, 2013

Green Island, NY, Sept 24 2013 – Ecovative to Unveil World’s First Mushroom® Surfboards

Next month, Ecovative, a New York based biomaterials company best known for its sustainable packaging materials, will reveal the first ever prototypes of Mushroom® Surfboards. Grown from patented material technology, the cores of these first generation boards are grown with Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified technology and made only in America. This new surfboard core technology will be on public display for the first time at The Boardroom Show in Costa Mesa, California, October 5th and 6th.

Ecovative’s Myco Foam material was first developed in 2007. Since its inception, Ecovative employees, customers, and fans alike have been dreaming of, and asking for, a surfboard made of Myco Foam.

Surfboard cores are typically shaped or molded from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or urethane foam. These petrochemical based materials are non-renewable, environmentally harmful, and will persist forever in a landfill. Rather than using traditional foamed plastic cores, Ecovative is growing replacement boards made of renewable materials.

With a core grown from agricultural waste and mycelium (the vegetative growth stage of a mushroom) these boards will eventually decompose when broken, discarded, or lost in the ocean, effectively reducing toxic marine debris. As an added bonus, Ecovative’s Mushroom® Surfboards offer a tunable stiffness to give surfers the options they desire.

Ecovative will premiere this radical new technology on Saturday, October 5th at The Boardroom Show in California. The Boardroom Show brings together “world-class surfboards, shapers, and the industry’s top brands showcasing the latest technology and design.” Ecovative will showcase its first generation surfboard blanks, and pursue collaboration with surfboard manufacturers to advance this sustainable technology.

For more information on Ecovative, please visit www.ecovativedesign.com
For more information about The Boardroom Show, please visit www.boardroomshow.com

Media Contact:
Melissa Jacobsen or Sam Harrington
media@ecovativedesign.com
518-273-3753

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