Dell to Use Mushroom-Based Packaging

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Ecovative Design is the producer of EcoCradle packaging, which is made of agricultural byproducts such as seed husks and combined with mushroom roots as a binding agent. Photo: Lori Brown, Earth911.com

Dell will be the first technology company to ship its servers in compostable mushroom-based foam. Packaging creator Ecovative Design produces the foam by loading organic waste into a mold and inoculating it with mushroom spores. The material decomposes about a month after it’s buried.

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In a blog post Tuesday, Dell procurement director Oliver Campbell announced the start of the pilot program, noting that it’s not the company’s first green packaging initiative: Dell already uses bamboo to cushion many of its smaller products. The mushroom foam however, which takes about 5-10 days to grow, is sturdier and better suited for heavier applications.

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Ecovative also plans to work with Ford on developing mushroom foam car parts such as fillers for doors and dashboards.

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