Sustainable Packaging: Are Mushrooms the New Styrofoam?

Ever wonder what happens to all that styrofoam and packaging surrounding your new plasma tv or furniture? Product designer Eben Bayer tells the hard truth about styrofoam and plastics and introduces a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile merchandise.  Even better, it protects the environment!

Watch this short video from and find out more about what really happens to styrofoam and how mushrooms can lead to a cleaner, greener way of packaging.

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Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.


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