European manufacturer Stanhope Seta Ltd. has announced that it will begin using biodegradable packaging made from mycellium. Mycellium is the root-like structure that grows beneath a mushroom, and is compostable as well as capable of providing high-performance cushioning. After testing the packaging of glass bottles with mycellium in Australia and China this past summer, Stanhope discovered that this new method was also simpler and quicker. The agriculturally-based packaging product actually grows within its mold to encase the product for safe delivery.
“The Restore material is a real breakthrough in packaging,” said project manager Ingrid Barlebo-Larsen. “We can now grow custom packaging material for our range of instruments, which gives us better packing and importantly the solution has no environmental impact.”