Ecovative, the American biomaterials company supplies premium sustainable alternatives for the packaging, design, home industries and beyond.
Ecovative products enable customers—including Fortune 500 companies, international mills, and furniture makers—to meet their design, production, and delivery needs while achieving sustainability goals.
Ecovative, established since 2006 by Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre founders, who teamed up in a class to invent a new insulation material using agricultural waste and mycelium. Ten years later, Ecovative’s core mission is to envision, develop, produce, and market earth friendly materials, which, unlike conventional synthetics, can have a positive impact on our planet’s ecosystem.
“We are committed to working with industry and consumers to rid the world of toxic, unsustainable materials. We believe in creating products that enable companies and individuals to achieve their sustainability goals, without having to sacrifice on cost or performance.” Ecovative
Their product range includes Mushroom® Packaging, a premium alternative to foam packaging solution; MycoFoam: to move away from plastic foams like expanded polystyrene or expanded polyethylene; MycoBoard: for applications in furniture components and work surfaces – MycoBoard is a premium, customizable, certified sustainable engineered wood. It is bound together using mycelium – “nature’s glue” – which is formaldehyde-free, safe, and healthy. This versatile, non-toxic engineered wood, which offers acoustic and fire-resistant properties, can be molded into custom shapes or pressed into boards, making it an ideal solution for the architectural and design community.
Read Katie Churchill x Ecovative post regarding sustainability within packaging industry:
What if all consumer goods manufacturers were responsible for the environmental cost of the packaging their products are shipped in? This question of “Extended Producer Responsibility”—shifting responsibility and costs from local governments and customers back to producers—is being considered in states coast-to-coast.
It was a focus of discussion at the CalRecycle Packaging Reform Workshop in mid-March, and similar Rhode Island and Connecticut initiatives were examined in a March 14th Resource Recycling article. If this “EPR” approach is adopted, it will mean big changes for most consumer goods producers, and for companies like Ecovative that manufacture sustainable packaging.
Ecovative has been the pioneer and world leader in manufacturing biodegradable, compostable Mushroom® Packaging. Other companies make recyclable packaging or shipping materials from starch. We all are working to provide products that protect goods, but then can be recycled or disposed of harmlessly at the end of its useful life.
Ecovative’s production model has been to work with individual companies to shape a packaging product to the company’s specific needs. However, to meet the accelerated demand that could be created by these important EPR changes, we are experimenting with more general-purpose sustainable packaging options.
We have created the new Breakaway Corners, designed for small and mid-sized producers at scale, but also for the independent artist and craftsman who need an affordable low-volume sustainable packaging solution. These sets of 4 connected corners meet performance and sustainability credentials, are competitive in price, and can be adopted by shippers whose product does not require custom designs.
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