New Products on our Web Store

Check out the new molded packaging shapes and Myco-Ducks!
http://www.ecovativedesign.com/store/

Liked Eben’s TED talk? Come see him speak.

TEDxAlbany November 4th from 9am-5pm at The Egg in Albany, NY. Eben will be sharing our revolutionary myco-manufacturing methods, this time on home-turf. Tickets are available now.

Cooper Hewitt Material Use Lecture November 16th from 6:30-8pm. Eben will be a part of a moderated discussion, speaking about the future of materials. Register here.

TEDxAlcatraz December 1st from 7pm on at The Temple Nightclub in SanFrancisco, CA. Eben will be talking about how we can harness the efficiency of macrobiology to improve our civilization and our planet. By invitation only.

Ecovative Wins Environmental Investment Program Award

Ecovative Design LLC of Green Island will receive a $200,000 research and development grant to support a $404,000 project to develop and test the performance of two new green products made from organic materials and wastes sourced in New York, including mushroom roots, oat and buckwheat hulls, and paper mill residuals.

Chief Scientist and Cofounder, Gavin McIntyre, said: “Ecovative will leverage the EIP award to match support from private industry in the protective packaging and furniture core industries. The focus of this project is to develop a suite of MycoBond™ materials that surpass the performance of synthetics but are comprised entirely of waste streams from other NYS industries. Using such raw materials that are sourced from within 200 miles of our facility will concurrently reduce the energy consumed during transportation and the burden on municipal landfills. The result will be a significant reduction in embodied energy and a bolstered sustainable competitive advantage over synthetic foams.”

Saint-Gobain also was awarded money to purchase equipment to improve quality control and reduce landfill waste.

ESD Capital District Regional Director Peter Wohl said: “EIP awards are vital to encourage our businesses to make capital investments, research green products and explore the latest in technology developments. Ecovative and Saint-Gobain are both innovative companies that provide good jobs to New Yorkers. We are proud that they call the Capital District home.”

Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency, committed to being recognized on a global scale as the economic development engine driving job growth, strategic investment and prosperity in New York State. ESD is intent on paving the way for New York State to become the leader of the innovation economy and one of the most business friendly, productive and competitive economic development climates in the world.

Steelcase 2010 Sustainability Report Highlights EcoCradle

Dennis Carlson, Logistics Manger at Steelcase is featured in Steelcase’s 2010 Sustainability Report.

Photo credit: Steelcase, Inc.

A big breakthrough this year was beginning use of a new material, EcoCradle packaging.

As an early large-scale adopter that helped develop EcoCradle for commercialization, Steelcase is the first in the office furniture industry using this innovative packaging, initially to ship Currency RTA (ready-to-assemble) casegoods.

The EcoCradle story shows the ripple effect that sustainability efforts can have. Dennis first heard about it in an email. His interest was piqued and he tok the initiative to make an exploratory phone call to the company.

“From a materials science and applicability standpoint, I immediately saw the fit for us at Steelcase. And I liked Ecovative’s business model, which is to tap into local farmers’ byproducts and create local growing centers.”

In less than a year, the project went from a phone call to a new packaging solution for Steelcase.

The challenge was working through the blends of materials and scaling up the start-up so Ecovative could feed into Steelcase’s industrial processes as a supplier.

“We took some chances, they took some chances, and it worked out great. From here, we aren’t hoarding the opportunity. We’re looking forward to seeing how it appeals to a broader manufacturing audience in our industry and beyond. It’s certainly generated a lot of interest already.”

Listen to Sue Van Hook on WAMC Radio

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Sue Van Hook of Skidmore College’s biology department discusses mushrooms.

Watch Eben’s TED Talk

Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?