Material Collection

Fungi-Based

Not just for chefs and hippies, mushrooms are becoming a viable form of building insulation, acoustical tile, and product packaging. The fungi-based products in this collection provide great alternatives to polymer-based foams, as they are more rapidly biodegradable and can avoid the use of toxic flame-retardants.

Fungi-Based

6 products
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About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

Keep an eye out for the following symbols:
A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

Available at the Donghia healthier Materials Library

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New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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MycoComposite

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Ecovative uses mycelium, the vegetative root structure of mushrooms, as a binder for regionally sourced non-food agricultural waste. These materials combine to make a bio-based alternative to plastic foam packaging and insulation materials. MycoComposite is biodegradable, naturally flame resistant, and water resistant, and Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified.


Category
Packaging, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition *

Mycelium (binder), hemp (substrate), flour (nutrition)

*As reported by manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

18" x 18", 6"x 6"

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
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Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Mycelium Leather

This leather is grown rapidly from mycelium and agricultural by-products in a carbon-negative process. Mycelium Leather is strong, flexible, and durable, just like conventional leathers. It is also water-resistant. And since it's made from natural fibers, it breathes and feels like leather.


Category
Textile, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Mycoworks
Product Website

Material composition

Mycoworks uses mycelium and agricultural by-products.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

April 20, 2018

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Mylo

Mylo™ is a material made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms. Grown under carefully controlled conditions to produce a substrate that can be cured and tanned into a soft, supple material that looks and feels like leather.


Category
Textile, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Bolt Threads
Product Website

Material composition

Mylo is composed of mycelium mushrooms grown in corn stalks and supplemental nutrients.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

April 20, 2018

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GrowSquares

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

GrowSquares operates under a simple philosophy: don’t put anything in your garden you wouldn’t put in your body. This ethos resonates throughout their products and ensures every item they deliver is made up entirely of 100% organic materials, all specifically designed to improve the growth of their plants. Simply place your squares on your selected location and follow the app’s personalized instructions as it guides you through the gardening process.

The mushroom-based scaffold is not only engineered to decompose, but it's biodegradation enriches both plants and soil by stimulating the development of microorganisms and improving soil moisture retention. The more you use GrowSquares, the better your soil becomes, as it allows for a greater variety of plants with each use.


Category
Garden Planter, Mycelium
Manufacturer
GrowSquares
Product Website

Material composition

Mycelium:
Hemp
Mushroom Spawn
Flour

Soil Additives:
Kelp
Langbeinite
Green Sand
Feather
Biochar

Cellulose Lid:
Recycled Paper
Llama Manure
Biobased Starch

AVAILABLE SIZING

12" x 12" x 2"

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

May 07, 2019

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Atlast

Ecovative’s Atlast applies the latest developments in mycelium manufacturing to create a self-assembling 3D scaffolding for use in food and tissue engineering.

Mycelium, a natural and edible material, provides an ideal structure to build upon when making plant- and cell-based foods.

Ecovative controls this structure during the short 9 day growing period. Atlast’s structure allows for the creation of whole cuts of “meat”, an alternative to existing plant-based “meats” that are sold in ground form.


Category
Tissue Structure, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition *

Mycelium

*As reported by manufacturer

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

July 10, 2019

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MycoFlex

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

MycoFlex, made by Ecovative, is a foam product made entirely from mycelium.

This high-performance foam can be used in a variety of applications, including textiles, footwear, technical wear, and beauty.

Because it is a natural material, MycoFlex is a completely biodegradable alternative to polyurethane foams. Its strength is comparable to conventional foams, and it provides superior insulation and heat resistance.


Category
Textile, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition *

100% Mycelium

*As reported by manufacturer

COLORS

Cream

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

June 04, 2019

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Collection Criteria:
Either the product's primary ingredient (by volume) is derived or harvested from fungi, OR a fungi-derived substance plays a critical role in the product's performance or manufacturing.

Updated February 27, 2018
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