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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Using Mushrooms Against Waste in the Environment

Thanks to Adam B.:

In this talk, Eben Bayer discusses how we can use mushrooms to create new materials that can replace Styrofoam, plastics, and other packaging materials. I think that today, the spotlight falls almost solely on renewable energy sources. And while obviously it is a critical problem for us, often the issues of waste can be overlooked. It is unrealistic to think that we will never use plastics and Styrofoam, but, since packaging materials serve such a short-lived purpose, they are quickly generating waste. And so the work Bayer shows, which would have people decomposing their packaging materials right back into the soil, rather than having them dumped into a landfill, is a viable and logical alternative whose production cost is rapidly catching up to the that of our current methods’.

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