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Mycelium-Based

Mycelium is the underground network of fungal threads that sprout mushrooms above ground. Its white, weblike structure distributes vital nutrients throughout the forest floor. It is sometimes called “nature’s glue” because it breaks down and binds together decaying material. For products of design, it works as a binder with other materials to create biodegradable and sustainable alternatives for building insulation, foam, acoustical tile, textiles, product packaging and more. This fascinating organism offers a promising future for healthier products.

Mycelium-Based

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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

The Donghia healthier Materials Library library is open to Parsons student and faculty. Learn more about access and opening hours here.

Low Embodied Carbon

“Embodied Carbon” is the total amount of carbon emitted during the process of making a material. *HML refers to a manufacturer's EPD to determine whether a product's A1-A3 carbon emissions falls within HML's threshold for Low Embodied Carbon.

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 as a binder for regionally sourced non-food agricultural waste to make a bio-based alternative to plastic foam packaging and insulation materials. MycoComposite is biodegradable, naturally flame resistant, and water resistant. Ecovative licenses this material to various partners such as Mushroom Packaging, Magic Mushrooms, Grown.bio, Bio Fab, and Grow.bio to create packaging, insulation, furniture pieces and kits.


Category
Packaging, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition*

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

*as reported by the manufacturer

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

August 05, 2020

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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.

*as reported by the manufacturer

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™ Unleather

Mylo™ Unleather is a certified 50-85% bio-based material using a mycelium substrate that is cured and tanned into a soft, supple material that looks and feels like leather. Currently, Unleather is coated with polyurethane to protect it from the elements. Unleather has been used by Lululemon, Stella McCartney, and Adidas.

Note: This product avoids petro-chemicals and phthalates. Per manufacturer it exceeds the AFIRM Restricted Substance List (RSL) standards. Never the less, to meet industry standards, the making of polyurethane requires adding isocyanates, a known carcinogen. Bolt Threads hopes a bio-derived version of isocyanate (in development now) can become a reality.


Category
Textile, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Bolt Threads
Product Website

Material composition*

Mylo™ Unleather is composed of mycelium grown in certified 50-85% bio-based materials such as corn stalks and supplemental nutrients along with 15% non-petroleum based plastics.

*As reported by manufacturer

*as reported by the manufacturer

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

April 03, 2022

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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

*as reported by the manufacturer

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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Mushroom® Packaging

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Mushroom® Packaging is made from Ecovative MycoComposite, which is biodegradable, naturally flame resistant, and water resistant. The MycoComposite material is grown and dried within 7 days for ready-to-use packaging. It is 100% home-compostable and has a Class A Fire Retardant rating.


Category
Packaging, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition*

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

*as reported by the manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

Custom designs

COLORS

Natural

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

March 15, 2022

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MushLume Lighting Collection

The MushLume Lighting Collection consists of pendants, sconces, and table lamps and is literally grown using Ecovative's MycoComposite - a combination of mycelium and regionally sourced non-food agricultural waste. After the mycelium has fully matured, the lampshades are de-molded, dried, and heated, creating a 100% biodegradable lampshade. MycoComposite is biodegradable, naturally flame resistant, and water resistant.


Category
Lighting, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Danielle Trofe
Product Website

Material composition*

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


*as reported by the manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

Varies

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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

April 03, 2022

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Insulation Panel

These panels are grown using Ecovative's MycoComposite - a combination of mycelium and regionally sourced non-food agricultural waste. They can be used between two walls or placed between two glass layers to showcase the mycelium texture. MycoComposite is biodegradable, naturally flame resistant, and water resistant.


Category
Board Insulation, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Grown.Bio
Product Website

Material composition*

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

*As reported by manufacturer

*as reported by the manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

1200 mm x 600 mm x 60 mm

COLORS

Natural

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

April 03, 2022

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AirMycelium™

AirMycelium™ uses technology to control the geometrical growth of mycelia, which can produce a wide selection of materials for products like foam, leather, and food.


Category
Textile, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Ecovative
Product Website

Material composition*

Mycelium

*As reported by manufacturer

*as reported by the manufacturer

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

April 03, 2022

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Mogu Acoustics

Mogu Acoustics are grown using a proprietary fungal strain with hemp and cotton waste to create a variety tile shapes and colors. The mycelium tiles have excellent acoustic performance in the medium frequencies (250-1000 hz) and are naturally flame retardant. These tiles can be fixed in place with screws, clips, magnets or organized within FSC-sourced lime wood system called Foresta.

Note: These tiles are finished with a low-VOC, heavy-metal free, water-based paint. Per manufacturer, you can request no finish, but this will make the tiles more sensitive to stains and scratches.


Category
Acoustics, Mycelium
Manufacturer
Mogu
Product Website

Material composition*

Mogu Acoustic tiles are composed of mycelium, hemp shives, cotton, and optional paint finish (water-based, heavy-metal free bicomponent dispersion with low VOC)

*As reported by manufacturer

*as reported by the manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

Varies

COLORS

Varies

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

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

April 08, 2022

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The products in this collection have been evaluated holistically for their contents, performance and impact. To be considered, the product must have a primary ingredient derived or harvested from mycelium or a mycelium-derived substance. This primary ingredient must play a critical role in avoiding additives harmful to people and the planet in manufacturing and performance.

Updated March 25, 2022
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