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  1. Ecovative Supports New York Industrial Hemp - May 14, 2015 Press Release

    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 […]

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  2. GIY- Gettin’ Technical - May 12, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  3. Join Ecovative and Danielle Trofe for a GIY demo in Brooklyn - April 20, 2015 Press Release

    Ecovative​ will team up with ​Danielle Trofe​,​ a Brooklyn­-based designer, to demonstrate how ​Grow It Yourself​ Mushroom® Materials can be used to create objects and products from sustainable materials. ​Mushroom® Materials are high performing, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastic foams. Created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (essentially the root structure of mushrooms), these materials are […]

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  4. The Nutrients in Mushroom® Packaging Can Help You Grow Food - April 01, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  5. How You Can Help Companies Switch to Sustainable Packaging - March 19, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  6. Remembering Burt Swersey - March 13, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  7. The Adaptability of Ecovators - February 27, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  8. How Can We Prevent Ocean Plastic Pollution? - February 20, 2015 Blog Post

    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 […]

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  9. The Latest on Mushroom® Surfboards - February 18, 2015 Blog Post

    At Ecovative, we’ve always wanted to grow sustainable surfboard cores from our foam replacement. This application started as a personal project for Gavin, one of Ecovative’s co-founders; growing up surfing on Long Island, he’s had, since some of the earliest days of the company, a desire to create a Mushroom® Surfboard. We tried (and, despite […]

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  10. We’ve got spirit, yes we do! - February 13, 2015 Blog Post

    At Ecovative, excitement is always in the air. We’re excited about replacing toxic products, promoting sustainability, and changing the world. How can a team of young scientists and engineers NOT be enthusiastic about that prospect? While Ecovative’s team is filled with diverse people who have varying experience and expertise, it is no surprise that the […]

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  11. Ecovative’s Chief Mycologist visits Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2015 Blog Post

    Thoughts of warmer temperatures, blue skies and pecan pie filled my head as I left last Tuesday afternoon bound for Atlanta, Georgia. I arose the next morning, put on my down coat, hat and mittens and thought, “It will warm up.” Well everything is relative. Compared to the subzero temperatures I left behind in upstate […]

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  12. Biomimetica: a student project that came to life with Mushroom Materials - February 04, 2015 Blog Post

    Back in September, I received an email from a graphic design student in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His name is Julio Glatt and he was interested in creating a book about biomimicry and life’s principles. Naturally, he envisioned creating the book out of sustainable materials, and he turned to Ecovative for help with this. He was hoping […]

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  13. Ecovative Opens Second Manufacturing Plant in Troy, NY - February 02, 2015 Press Release

    New facility will advance Ecovative’s premium Mushroom® Packaging product and manufacturing innovation. Green Island, NY– Ecovative is expanding its manufacturing with the opening of a plant in Troy, NY to produce its premium Mushroom® Packaging solution. From its new facility, the company will continue to supply customers with its high performing products while also continuing […]

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  14. How Long Does It Take for Plastic to Biodegrade? (Who Knows!) - January 22, 2015 Blog Post

    Many of our grandparents can remember a time when they lived without any plastics. They managed to drink beverages on the go, carry groceries, and package products entirely with materials that were either compostable or completely recyclable. Since then, plastics have become ubiquitous. They’ve enabled great progress and convenience, but we’re only starting to understand […]

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  15. Everything is Energy - January 21, 2015 Blog Post

    True statements: Everything is energy. Energy flows to transform matter. At Ecovative, we are mindful of how the energy flows. Our process fits within the earth’s carbon cycle, sequestering carbon atoms for the life of our Mushroom® Material products, and then slowly releasing carbon back to the soil or water upon composting. Walking into our manufacturing […]

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  16. Breakfast with the Co-Founders - January 14, 2015 Blog Post

    Ever wonder what it’s like to have a conversation with Ecovative’s Co-Founders, Eben and Gavin? Sure, you’ve probably seen some of the news clips and interviews they have done, and can probably get a sense of their personalities and thought processes. But what are they like in a casual setting with no cameras in front […]

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  17. Compost: Let’s Break it Down - January 07, 2015 Blog Post

    Waste is a human invention. It could be argued that the concept of waste may have been developed 10-12 thousand years ago with the advent of agricultural surpluses. But it’s really only been in the past 100 years or so that the concept of waste has been doing serious damage. That’s because we’ve now invented […]

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  18. Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list - January 05, 2015 Press Release

    We are thrilled to announce that Eben and Gavin have made the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 list! This list, now in its 4th year, highlights some of the top innovators, entrepreneurs, and game changers that are under the age of 30. Ecovative is featured under the Manufacturing category- a new addition to the list of […]

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  19. Mushroom® Packaging Comes to Japan - September 30, 2014 Blog Post

    Green Island, NY– Ecovative is bringing Mushroom® Packaging, a premium, high performing, cost-competitive, and truly sustainable alternative to conventional plastic foam packaging, to Japan. It is an alternative to plastic protective packaging foams like EPE, EPP and EPS, but it is neither a plastic foam nor a bioplastic. It is actually grown from mycelium (mushroom […]

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  20. Your Product Ideas Come to Life with Ecovative’s “Grow It Yourself” Mushroom® Materials - July 22, 2014 Press Release

    Green Island, NY — In the early stages of designing the Hy-Fi towers for MoMA’s Young Architects Program, David Benjamin, principle Architect of The Living, knew that he wanted to incorporate Ecovative’s renewable and award-winning Mushroom® Materials in the structure. After initial discussions, David made a trip to Ecovative headquarters in Green Island, NY to see the process in […]

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  21. Mushroom® Packaging to Premiere Internationally at Interpack - May 02, 2014 Press Release

    Green Island, NY, May 2, 2014– New York-based Ecovative offers Mushroom packaging, a Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified alternative to conventional plastic packaging. While many renewable packaging materials are made from plants, Ecovative is harnessing a kingdom that’s never been considered for materials: Fungi. This radical new technology has been proven in the US with […]

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  22. Energy Globe Awards Top Honors to Ecovative for Category Earth - February 06, 2014 Blog Post

    On February 4, 2014, Ecovative proudly accepted the Energy Globe Award in a ceremony in Salzburg, Austria. The competition includes 161 nations competing for awards in 5 categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. As the only project representing the United States, Ecovative was awarded the international prize for the Earth category, with other category […]

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  23. Ecovative to Present Latest Building Developments at Greenbuild - November 20, 2013 Press Release

    Green Island, NY, November 20, 2013– Ecovative, the New York-based biomaterials company best known for its home-compostable Mushroom® Packaging, today presents two developing applications in building and construction markets. Myco Foam and Myco Board will be showcased at Greenbuild in Philadelphia November 20th– 22nd. Myco Foam is a cost-competitive, naturally fire-resistant alternative to standard foam […]

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  24. Ecovative and Fortifiber Building Systems Group Form Strategic Partnership to Develop and Sell Environmentally Responsible Insulated Sheathing - November 18, 2013 Press Release

    Ecovative Design LLC, 70 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183 Fortifiber Building Systems Group, 300 Industrial Dr., Fernley, NV 89408 For Immediate Release FERNLEY, NV and GREEN ISLAND, NY – November 15, 2013 – Ecovative Design LLC and Fortifiber Building Systems Group® today announced a strategic partnership to develop and sell insulated sheathing boards made […]

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  25. Ecovative Raises Over $14 Million of Equity Capital - November 05, 2013 Press Release

    Green Island, NY, November 5, 2013 – Ecovative Design LLC, a Green Island, New York-based company, announced today that it has raised over $14 million in equity financing from new and existing investors, including existing investors the DOEN Foundation and 3M Company. Terms were not disclosed. Ecovative uses its patent protected mycelium-based technology to grow 100% […]

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  26. Buckminster Fuller Institute Honors Ecovative With Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award - October 22, 2013 Press Release

    Green Island, NY, Oct 22 2013 – Today, Ecovative is honored to be selected as the winner of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Now in its sixth year, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge recognizes bold, visionary, creative initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s […]

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  27. Ecovative is a Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge - October 16, 2013 Blog Post

    Green Island, NY, Oct 15 2013 – Ecovative’s Mushroom Material platform has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual design science competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine. The Challenge awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a whole systems-based solution that has significant […]

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  28. Unveiling the World’s First Mushroom® Surfboards - September 24, 2013 Press Release

    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 […]

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  29. Tiny House Contends for Innovation Prize - September 17, 2013 Blog Post

    We are thrilled to announce that Ecovative’s Mushroom Tiny House project, and the concept of grown-in-place Mushroom® Insulation, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Prize! 144 applicants were screened by Cradle to Cradle certification experts, toxicologists from ToxServices, and building professionals from Make It Right. These […]

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  30. Smithsonian Opens Voting For People’s Design Awards - September 12, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative’s Tiny House has been anonymously nominated for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards, which includes public selection for the People’s Design Award. The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of […]

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  31. Eben Bayer Returns to 2013 Green Challenge - September 10, 2013 Blog Post

    This month marks five years since a major milestone in Ecovative’s growth – winning the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2008 (video). This year, Eben Bayer will return to the Green Challenge to engage with organizers and contest finalists. In its annual competition, the challenge looks for products or services that combine sustainability, entrepreneurship, and […]

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  32. Danish Design Center Features Mushroom Materials in “Darling Materials,” Designer Curated Exhibition - September 05, 2013 Blog Post

    The Danish Design Center will include several samples of Myco Foam and Myco Board in its new collection, My Darling Materials. The DDC asked a selection of materials experts to choose their own material darlings, and designer Chris Lefteri selected Mushroom® Material as a top choice. While Myco Foam was previously featured and displayed in the Hello Materials […]

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  33. LAUNCH Selects Ecovative as Innovator for 2013 Systems Challenge - August 31, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative is proud to announce that LAUNCH and its Founding Partners have selected Mushroom Materials as one of 10 Innovators for the 2013 Systems Challenge. LAUNCH was founded in 2010 as a strategic partnership between NASA, NIKE, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Today, the challenge continues as […]

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  34. Ecovative Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge - August 21, 2013 Press Release

    For Immediate Release August 21, 2013 – Ecovative has been named a 2013 Semi-Finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual design science competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine. The Challenge awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a whole systems-based solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s […]

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  35. New Website Accessible At Home, On the Go - July 23, 2013 Blog Post

    The new ecovativedesign.com is a content-inclusive mobile-responsive online center for all information and updates on Ecovative. Viewers experience the same content on devices and screens of all sizes, with open ability to navigate or access information. The site features content to inform our public and private audiences about existing and developing technology. At Ecovative, our […]

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  36. Latest Plastic Foam Replacements made from Mushroom® Packaging to Be Exhibited at East Pack 2013, Booth 1349 - June 13, 2013 Press Release

    ~ Sealed Air and Ecovative to Display Restore™ – the Most Sustainable and Rapidly Renewable Packaging Material On the Market Today ~ Green Island, NY – June 11, 2013 – Today, Ecovative, a material science company known for its innovative mycelium technology that replaces plastic foam and other synthetic materials with natural alternatives, announces that new achievements […]

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  37. Gavin Joins Biopolymer Symposium 2013 in Chicago - June 11, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative Chief Scientist Gavin McIntyre will participate in this year’s Biopolymer Symposium at Chicago’s Field Museum on June 11 and 12. In addition to attending conference events, Gavin will co-chair Wednesday afternoon’s session “Biopolymers from Novel Feedstocks and Developing Technologies.” About the Biopolymer Symposium At Biopolymers 2013, nearly 60 expert speakers will cover the most […]

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  38. Small Business Administration Awards Tibbetts for Best SBIR - May 17, 2013 Blog Post

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has selected Ecovative as a 2013 recipient of the Tibbetts Award for excellence in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). Ecovative’s Chief Scientist, Gavin McIntyre, accepted the award in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 16. According to the SBA, a study conducted by R&D Magazine between 2002 […]

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  39. From The New Yorker: Form and Fungus by Ian Frazier - May 16, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative’s past and future have been featured in The New Yorker’s May 20 innovation issue. Writer Ian Frazier conducted extensive interviews and research with our team members and supporters to understand and present the roots of our growth and the principles of Ecovative’s culture and focus. Frazier’s writing presents one of the best and most […]

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  40. Ecovative Wins EPA Grant - May 07, 2013 Press Release

    Ecovative has been awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. This grant funds the development of Myco-material alternatives to plastics such as polyurethane and exotic woods like balsa. Ecovative will be exploring new fungal species and growth methods, and studying the resulting material properties. This research […]

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  41. Announcing the Mushroom Tiny House - May 03, 2013 Press Release

    Announcing a bold new project: www.mushroomtinyhouse.com We’re not just building a tiny house, we’re growing it. That’s right, the Mushroom Insulation in the walls is literally alive and growing. This is a radical test of Ecovative’s building materials that are under development. We’ve been selling Mushroom Materials for a few years as protective packaging, helping big companies replace […]

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  42. Sealed Air and Ecovative Expand Relationship to Produce, Sell and Distribute Mushroom Packaging in Europe - May 03, 2013 Press Release

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. and GREEN ISLAND, N.Y., May 3, 2013  – Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) and Ecovative Design LLC completed an agreement to expand their existing relationship in order to continue to accelerate the production, sales and distribution of Ecovative’s Mushroom® Packaging in Europe. Sealed Air plans to begin offering the products in Europe […]

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  43. Formula Hybrid Racecar Puts Mushroom Materials In Motion - April 27, 2013 Blog Post

    After months of designing and building including an Ecovative growing cycle, Rensselaer’s Formula Hybrid racing team has unveiled their 2013 racecar, The Heron. In addition to advanced performance from battery placement and lighter weight from material selection, the team of 19 students selected Ecovative to grow side impact bolsters to protect the car’s driver. Ecovative […]

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  44. US Under Secretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher Visits - April 16, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative is honored to host Patrick Gallagher (a real physicist), Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. Gallagher also serves as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), promoting domestic innovation and competition in the industry through the advancement of measurement science, standards, and technology. Gallagher is a government overseer of […]

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  45. Ecovative Celebrates National Ag Day 2013 - March 19, 2013 Press Release

    GREEN ISLAND, NY, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Ecovative acknowledges the crucial support of New York State farmers to advance the development and commercialization of our material technology. Today marks the 40th year of National Ag Day celebrations but the first time Ecovative has had a chance to participate. In 2012, with the support of […]

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  46. Ecovative Talk in NYC on February 22nd - February 07, 2013 Blog Post

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  47. Live from the World Economic Forum - January 25, 2013 Blog Post

    Ecovative’s CEO and Co-founder, Eben Bayer, has spent all week at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Throughout this week and next, he’ll be sharing his insights on the inspiration and innovation behind Mushroom Materials, modeling our economic system based on the principles of natural systems and more. Stay tuned next week for guest posts […]

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  48. Ecovative Returns to World Economic Forum - January 22, 2013 Press Release

    For release: Disruptive Mushroom Material Company Returns to the 2013 World Economic Forum GREEN ISLAND, NY, Monday, January 21, 2013 – Eben Bayer, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ecovative Design LLC will be attending The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Kloster, Switzerland on January 23rd through 26th. Ecovative was named a Technology Pioneer […]

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  49. Ecovative Wins DEC’s 2012 Environmental Excellence Award - December 06, 2012 Press Release

    DEC Recognizes Seven Innovative Programs Working to Sustain NY’s Natural Resources and Strengthen the Economy Ecovative and six other organizations received New York State Environmental Excellence Awards for innovative programs and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced yesterday. “As […]

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  50. Ecovative Wins RISE Award - November 26, 2012 Press Release

    Last month, Ecovative was awarded with the Durable Product Award at the RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Chief Scientist Gavin McIntyre and Environmental Director Sam Harrington accepted the award on behalf of the Ecovative team. The RISE show brought together the global nonwovens/engineered materials value chain for two […]

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Jan 5 2015 Forbes - 30 Under 30 Reinventing Manufacturing In a Greener, Tech-Savvier World Jan 5 2015 Forbes - 30 Under 30 Who Are Moving the World 2015 Dec 18 2014 Wired - DIY Kit Lets You Make Designs Out of Mushrooms Dec 12 2014 Marketplace Weekend - Growing Styrofoam out of Mushrooms Nov 19 2014 Raconteur - When Less is More in Packaging Aug 27 2014 The Guardian - Will polystyrene cancer concerns prompt brands to change? Aug 20 2014 2degrees - Want to Achieve Your Sustainability Goals Without Having to Compromise Cost or Performance? Mushrooms Could be the Answer Aug 5 2014 Fast Co.Exist - How to Build a Lamp, Sculpture, or Even a House Out of Mushrooms Aug 1 2014 Architizer - How to compost an entire building July 22 2014 Treehugger - Tallest Mushroom Tower in the World Rises at NYC Museum Mar 19 2014 Wired - This Lamp is Grown From Mushrooms Feb 13 2014 Fast Company - The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated To Social Good Mar 5 2014 Architecture & Design - Mushrooms emerging in construction realm as insulation Jan 2 2014 CNN Money - Mushrooms: The future of packaging Dec 6 2013 New Scientist - Magic of Mushrooms: Dawning of the Fungus Age Oct 22 2013 The Guardian - Can Mushrooms Replace Plastic? Oct 17 2013 PBS Nova - Mushroom Material Sept 26 2013 Motherboard TV - The World's First Surfboard Made from Mushrooms Is Almost Ready to Get Pitted Sept 15 2013 Al Jazeera America - TechKnow: Exploring Ecovative's Styrofoam Alternative Aug 3 2013 CBS News - An eco-friendly alternative to styrofoam packaging Jul 24 2013 Green Building Advisor - Grow your own green... insulation, that is Jul 8 2013 The Huffington Post - Ecovative Designs a Tiny Home Using... Mushrooms? Jun 17 2013 New Scientist - Mushrooms are the new styrofoam May 22 2013 Fast Co.Exist - How Two College Pals Are Growing a Solution to Our Reliance on Plastic May 20 2013 The New Yorker - Form and Fungus Jan 23 2013 World Economic Forum - Live Interview With Eben Bayer Jan 14 2013 Business Week - In the Fight Against Plastics, Mushrooms Become an Unlikely Weapon Jun 11 2012 Bloomberg TV - Mushrooms... A Light, Durable Alternative to Plastic? Jan 23 2012 Wired - Ecovative Design: wiping out polystyrene with fungus and farm waste Jan 14 2012 The New York Times - A Young Green Innovator Turning Fungi into Job Muses on the Path to Breakthroughs Dec 5 2011 Motherboard TV - Upgrade: Mushroom Plastics Sept 19 2011 Forbes - The World's Best Sustainability Ideas July 2011 Packing World - Are mushrooms the future of protective packaging? May 24 2011 Bloomberg - Ecovative Announces Equity Investment Apr 7 2011 Packaging Digest - Dell to use mushroom based cushioning Oct 31 2010 energyNow! - Bayer on Co-Founding Ecovative Design Dec 7 2009 The Telegraph - Alternative packaging made from farm waste Dec 1 2009 Popular Science - 2009 Best of What's New: Ecovative Design EcoCardle Sept 4 2009 CNN - Young People Who Rock
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