Mycelium, the humble root structure of mushrooms, has been touted as the next big thing in eco packaging for a while, but will an updated, refined version let mushrooms go mainstream?
Mycelium offers a robust and eco-friendly alternative to plastic foam packaging
The industry produces 120 billion units of packaging every year, according to recycling company TerraCycle, with much of it destined for incineration or landfill. At the same time, there is a daunting amount of eco-friendly options out there, ranging from FSC-certified products to recycled and/or recyclable ones, each coming with their own pros and cons when it comes to circularity or biodegradability.
But amid a mushroom craze which has blossomed in 2023, could mycelium, the root-like structure of fungi, be one of the keys to solving the beauty industry’s packaging waste problem?
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