BioDesign Week 03
Although still in an experimental phase, mycelium has the potential to replace environmentally harmful or synthetic materials such as plastic. One of the promises that mycelium has as a replacement material is its biodegradability, which may contribute to reducing environmental waste and energy consumption.
There are some companies already use these characteristics of mycelium in their business: mogu (naturemogu.bio) and MycoWorks (mycoworks.com). Mycelium is also used by designers, including Aniela Hoitink who has a belief that mycelium will change the way we use textiles.
Moreover, there are researchers focus on mycelium's potential in the field of soil remediation. Many experiments have been done to test its feasibility to remediate soil that is contaminated with petroleum and other pollutants.
During the research, I was impressed by mycelium's potential to replace traditional synthetic materials and flexibility allowing it to be applied in various industries. I would like to experiment with its potential to replace traditional packing materials. I always feel guilty about the number of synthetic materials such as styrofoam, and plastic used in packaging. If its practicality to replace existing packaging materials is proven, the mycelium will also help to eliminate any potential waste during the making process.