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Effective Alternative To Plastic: This Startup's Mushroom Mix Breaks Down In 45 Days – Indiatimes.com


Plastic packaging is considered a big menace to public health and to the planet, with patches of single-use plastics lingering in our formerly pristine oceans. Now, a startup is working on its dream to replace packaging with a mushroom mix.

Yep, you read that right! London-based Magical Mushroom Company recently raised £3m in the seed funding round to fund its eco-friendly packaging. Besides plastic, the Magical Mushroom Company’s mushroom mix can also replace carboard in packaging.

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How does it work, you wonder? 

The startup mixes agricultural waste with the “root structure of a mushroom” in order to make a biodegradable material that is similar to other packaging options in terms of cost.

The best part of their material is that it doesn’t depend on chemicals to break down, and will naturally break down in 45 days.

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Also read: Robo-Fish And Plastic-Eating Bacteria: 6 New Ways To Reduce Plastic Waste In Oceans

Magical Mushroom Company’s CEO Paul Gilligan told UKTN how companies and governments alike have eight years to meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. “[Businesses] need viable and cost-effective solutions that significantly reduce the carbon footprint across their entire supply chain.”

An effective and pocket-friendly alternative to widespread plastic packaging is the need of the hour. While such solutions keep propping up every now and then, they have not been implemented on a large-scale.

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Also read: Unique Antimicrobial Plant-Based Food Wrap Could Replace Plastic

India, too, is embracing the boycott of plastic. Starting July 1, the manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, and use of multiple single-use plastics will be banned in the country.

What do you think about this mushroom mix that is more environment friendly than our current options? Let us know in the comments below. For more in the world of technology and science, keep reading Indiatimes.com.

References

Simister, G. (2022, June 27). This startup just raised £3m to replace packaging with a mushroom mix. UKTN | UK Tech News. 



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