MycoBoard, is “grown” using hemp, mycelium—the vegetative growth stage of fungi— and a little bit of starch and it can be used as particleboard to manufacture products used in the building process.

Change and innovation in the building industry is a slow process. Change has to take root and then drive through the multiple tiers of players, starting with consumers and making its way through suppliers, manufacturers, designers, and builders.

That’s partly why Eben Bayer, CEO and founder of Ecovative, worked on creating a product that can make a change by fitting into the existing infrastructure. His product, MycoBoard, is “grown” using hemp, mycelium—the vegetative growth stage of fungi— and a little bit of starch and it can be used as particleboard to manufacture products used in the building process.

To be successful, his company’s product requires demand that typically starts with a consumer who wants to live in a healthier environment. However, oftentimes a consumer may want a healthy living environment, but they don’t know how to ask for one. Ecovative’s product would be able to support the design/build process while using materials that are formaldehyde-free and nontoxic—even to the point that they can be thrown in a garden compost pile when their lifecycle is over.

Ecovative recently partnered with BioMASON—both companies were honored on the Hive 100 top innovators list in 2016—to create a new line of furniture. Ecovative’s MycoBoard can be used for many other things as well, from insulation to packaging materials. Computer giant Dell is a current customer that’s using the Ecovative product.

Darlene Mea is a long-standing media personality in the world of alternative everything. Since the early 1980s she has been involved in television, radio, print and multi-media. She represents all things natural, sustainable and life-promoting and has dedicated her life to going beyond the status quo message of being told what’s good for us, to providing options for a more holistic lifestyle. Since discovering the world of Hemp in early 2015 she has been on a mission to inform everyone on how to become involved in this exciting natural product that continues to revolutionize the world of health, beauty and design.

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