- story by MaterialDistrict
Ecovative is growing a sustainable, high-performing material, called Myco Board, to replace engineered wood and other structural materials.
In regular engineered wood formaldehyde, a known carcinogen is used to bind the composite materials in our furniture, the structure of our homes, and in many other products in our lives. With Myco Board, Ecovative grows – not glues – materials with natural, rapidly renewable mycelium technology, delivering structural biocomposites that perform without harsh chemicals.
Myco Board starts as Myco Foam and utilizes mycelium to bind loose agricultural plant particles together. This material is then compressed with heat and pressure into boards or molded shapes. No chemical resins are used. Myco Board unlocks the ability to form shapes without CNC Milling or other forming processes. That means cheaper, more efficient production, which helps everyone achieve zero waste.