Styrofoam – and the world's dependence on it -- continues to be a massive concern ecologically and Ecovative’s Mushroom may be exactly what the world needs. By using mushroom roots to bond other products like corn stalks together, these products are then able to be a substitute to plastic foam.
It was through this idea that Ecolative attempted to use the Mushroom as insulation. It works in a completely different and exciting way. The Mushroom will grow into a wood form that will produce an air locked seal. Over the next month -- as it continues to dry -- it then produces an airtight wall that becomes very tough. This finished insulation is fire resistant, and since Mushroom is one single wall, the thermal protection is excellent. Ecolative has managed to produce the future of insulation and it looks really good for the environment.