Everyone understands single-use plastic packaging is causing enormous environmental damage and IKEA are looking to do their part to remove the harmful material from their products with an innovative alternative.
The Swedish retailer is looking into renewable and sustainable alternatives to their traditional single-use packaging options, which are often not recyclable and cause untold environmental damage.
The mushroom boxes, or fungi packaging, use Mycelium, which is 100% biodegradable.
Amazingly, the fungi packaging is actually grown, not made using chemicals. The Mycelium is part of the mushroom fungus and it grows in a mass of fibers, attaching itself to soil or any other surface it is growing on.
To create packaging for the likes of IKEA, Ecovative lets the fungi grow around clean agricultural waste and over two days it begins to bind together and form solid shapes, which can be manipulated to create various packaging sizes for furniture and other homeware items.
Unlike plastic or polystyrene which takes thousands of years to decompose, fungi packaging can be thrown into the garden once it has been used and it will biodegrade within a matter of weeks.