What is Mushroom® Packaging?
Ecovative’s Packaging is grown from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.
- High performing
- Has a premium, natural aesthetic
- Price competitive with most fabricated plastic foams
- Unbeatable environmental story
- Home-compostable and sustainable
- Custom designed to fit your products
- Not derived from petroleum or food
- Made in the USA
How It’s Made
Ecovative Products are grown using agricultural waste and mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.
We work with regional farmers to source our non-food agricultural waste which is ground, sorted, and cleaned before growing.
Mycelium, the vegetative root structure of a mushroom, is added to the mix and binds the ag waste together - we like to think of mycelium as nature’s glue.
After a few days of growth, Mushroom® Products are ready for use!
For a more in-depth look at our process, check out our How-It-Works page.
We also have a Safety Data Sheet for Mushroom® Packaging here.
|Density (lbs/ft3)||ASTM C303||Ecovative||7.6|
|Compressive Strength (psi)||ASTM C165||Ecovative||18|
|Compressive Elastic Modulus (psi)||ASTM C165||Ecovative||165|
|Flexure Strength (psi)||ASTM C203||Ecovative||34|
|Compostability (days)||ASTM D6400||NSF International||30|
|Flame Spread||ASTM E84||QAI||20|
|Smoke Emission||ASTM E84||QAI||50|
|Thermal Conductivity, at 10°C (W/mK)||ASTM C518||Oak Ridge National Laboratory||0.039|
|Water Vapor Permeation (dry cup)||ASTM E96||Oak Ridge National Laboratory||30|
|Moisture Storage at 53.5% RH (%)||ASTM C1498||Oak Ridge National Laboratory||8|
|Moisture Storage at 75% RH (%)||ASTM C1498||Oak Ridge National Laboratory||12|
“The simplistic nature of Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging was a perfect complement to our energy-efficient lighting offerings, and we knew we wanted to be among the first companies to tell this story and offer such an innovative package.”
– Theo Richardson, CoFounder at Rich Brilliant Willing
Case Study: Dell
Dell Server Multi Pack
Dell has been leading the electronics industry in sustainability and is now recognized in the marketplace for environmentally responsible packaging. Ecovative designed Mushroom® Packaging components to replace fabricated EPE- polyethylene foam parts that provide cushioning and bracing in large packages for Dell servers. These packages tip the scales at over 200 lbs, and these sensitive servers require the utmost protection. Ecovative's packaging design team worked with Dell's packaging engineers to create geometries that would protect the hard drives from experiencing damaging G loads in the event of a drop.
Dell Server packaged in Mushroom® Packaging
Case Study: Stanhope Seta
Stanhope Seta IP 570 PTS
Stanhope Seta Ltd. manufactures precision testing equipment and quality control products. As such, they naturally had high expectations for their new packaging solution: it had to be made from sustainable material, make it easier to pack up products for shipping, and offer excellent protection while en route to the customer. Ecovative delivered a custom solution grown from Mushroom® Packaging that did just that. UK based Stanhope Seta was the first company in Europe to use Mushroom® Packaging, and currently ships products protected with Mushroom® Packaging to their customers around the world.
Stanhope Seta IP 570 PTS packaged in Mushroom® Packaging
Case Study: Merck
Merck Forest and Farmland Center Maple Syrup
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is an education non-profit that strives to teach and demonstrate innovative and sustainable management of forest and farmland. On their 3,000 acre property, Merck has a Vermont-certified organic sugarbush, which produced nearly 1,000 gallons of syrup in 2015.
Merck has been taking strides to make their entire sugaring process more sustainable, including shifting from canning syrup in plastic containers to easy-to-recycle glass containers.
Mushroom® Packaging has brought them one step closer to their sustainable goal by allowing them to move away from using foam shipping containers. So far customer reviews have been positive, and Merck hopes that other sugarmakers will start to consider alternative means, like Mushroom® Packaging, for shipping their maple products too.
Delicious Merck Maple Syrup packaged in Mushroom® Packaging
Case Study: Rich Brilliant Willing
RBW’s Monocle Wall Sconces
For Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), a designer and manufacturer of LED-based lighting solutions for architectural interiors based in New York City, it was important to offer customers a premium product experience, which meant starting with a great unboxing experience.
“When a customer orders a high-end product, the manufacturer places a great deal of value on presentation and making sure the product looks good in its package,” says Theo Richardson, co-founder and partner of RBW. “The simplistic nature of Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging was a perfect complement to our energy-efficient lighting offerings, and we knew we wanted to be among the first companies to tell this story and offer such an innovative package.” Ahead of the first distribution, the company introduced the Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging solution through its website and customer newsletter, and enjoyed a featured article in Packaging World Magazine.
Monocle Wall Sconces in Mushroom® Packaging
Need a Custom Packaging Shape?
We will design and test a pack that works for you.
(Minimum order quantity: 700 pieces.)
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it compare to conventional packaging?
Very well! Mushroom® Packaging is a direct replacement for expanded polystyrene or polyethylene foams, but it can replace lots of different kinds of packaging. To see if Mushroom® Packaging is right for you, take a look at our material specifications.
What strain do you use?
Our strain is a trade secret protected by our patents. So we can’t give out any information about it, or other strains.
How fast do these mushroom materials biodegrade?
When broken down into small pieces and placed out in the elements, your mushroom materials will return to the earth in about a month.
Will it catch on fire?
Mycelium is naturally fire resistant!