Organic Styrofoam from barley husks and mushroom roots?

You might take your coffee with cream and sugar, but how about barley husks and mushroom roots? Probably not the latter, but according to the group PERC, common white Styrofoam coffee cups, along with a whole host of other Styrofoam packaging, may one day be replaced by this organic mixture grown by a start-up company in New York.  Researchers there noticed the strong bonds that mushroom roots form with wood chips, and are building a growing business that mixes a variety of agricultural byproducts like buckwheat husks with mushroom roots, and then allow it to grow in specially designed molds that can protect everything from laptops to wine bottles. Sounds like a quite a nice natural alternative to good old Styrofoam.


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