Ecovative Design, a company passionate about sustainability, created a new “technology” involving a mushrooms and agricultural waste to create insulation and packaging.
Greensulate, all-natural insulation, is made from agricultural waste products such as buckwheat hulls, rice hulls, and cotton burrs. Ecovative Design “strives to utilize agricultural wastes that have almost no value. The raw material inputs of Greensulate are selected based on regionally available agricultural by-products. By manufacturing regionally, and using local feedstock, we aim to minimize the trucking of raw and finished materials.” The material used to make the insulation takes just seven days to produce; it’s grown in the dark without water or chemicals to produce millions of tiny white fibers which digest the seed waste, making the finished product durable. “Greensulate can be cut using normal woodworking tools to fit any size you need. They can also grow Greensulate into almost any custom size and shape you need for your special application.” It will help cut down the cost on your heating and cooling bill by keeping your house well insulated as well as being eco-friendly.
Using the same technology as their insulation, they have also created EcoCradle, which can be used as mulch for your garden when you’re done with it. Not only is the material bio-degradable, but it’s also energy efficient to produce. EcoCradle underwent a year-long lab test and concluded it outperformed its non-biodegradable counter-part. EcoCradle is currently being packaged in Steelcase Inc., a sustainable office furniture and product supply chain store.
In addition to creating eco-friendly insulation and packaging material, Ecovative strives to be as green as possible. Ecovative’s plant on Green Island uses hydroelectric power, which emits no green house gasses. Their mission statement states they “are passionate about sustainability. That’s why we’re working with nature to replace unsustainable plastics and foams with natural composites. Using innovative new materials and radical new technologies, our products perform at least as well as current state-of-the-art synthetics, but at a lower cost to both you and the environment.”