Foam from fungi
Expanded polystyrene, commonly known as 'Styrofoam', on the fourth most produced plastic in the world. Used as packing material and insulation material year after year. But beneath the white surface of the foam hides a dark secret: Styrofoam is made from petroleum and does not rot even after hundreds of years, an environmental disaster. A small U.S. company wants to change that. Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre put in their company, Ecovative her 'natural foam made from mushrooms. The award-winning material here has a very similar performance as Styrofoam, but is made purely from natural materials and is 100 percent biodegradable. The two young inventors are sure to change the future of foam production forever. But how fungal Biostyropor? And can the miracle material actually keep what it promises? Galileo goes behind the scenes of nature foam production and testing the innovative material for its practical usability.
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