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November 12, 2010
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I ran across a recent TED presentation by Eben Bayer, co-inventor of MycoBond.  MycoBond is an adhesive based on mycelium, a living organism.   In essence, the process uses fungi to transform agriwaste and convert it into a foam-like material that can be used for packaging and insulation.

Styrofoam is ubiquitous in transport and packaging.  Styrofoam takes up 25-30% of landfill area by volume.  Polystyrene manufacturing was recognized by the EPA as the 5th largest creator of hazardous waste all the way back in 1986.  In addition to not being particularly degradable, Styrofoam uses significant amounts of petroleum.