Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
When Walter Brooke, as Mr. McGuire, spoke those words to Dustin Hoffman in his legendary role as Benjamin Braddock in the classic 1967 film The Graduate, audiences would not have known just how enduring the future of plastics would be. Since 1976, plastics have been the most used material in the United States, but are mushrooms going to take their place?
Ecovative, is a mushroom technology company founded in 2007 that designs and grows sustainable materials that come straight from nature. Non-toxic packaging and building materials are a matrix of mycelium –mushroom strains – fused with cleaned and ground agricultural waste. The raw materials can be molded into whichever shape is desired and are used to ship a wide range of products – from bottles to candles and beauty products, as well as to create building materials and thermal insulation panels.
We wonder: Are drums made from mushrooms coming next?