NY company that makes mushroom packing gets award

Ecovative Design

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York company that makes biodegradable packaging material from mushrooms is getting an award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA regional administrator Judith Enck will present an environmental leadership award on Thursday to Ecovative Design of Green Island, near Albany. The company uses the "roots" of the mushroom - called mycelium (my-SEAL'-ee-um) - and plant matter to make soft blocks that are used to cushion products ranging from
computer servers to furniture.
The five-year-old company has a toe-hold in the increasingly lucrative market for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic foams and is expanding into footwear to car bumpers.



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