Ikea To Use Mushroom-Based Packaging That Will Decompose In A Garden Within Weeks

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The furniture retailer is looking at using biodegradable mycelium “fungi packaging” as part of its efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling.

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It’s no secret polystyrene is devastating to the environment. But, do you know how exactly that is so? According to a fact-sheet provided by Harvard, polystyrene – which is made from petroleum, a non-sustainable, non-renewable, heavily polluting and fast-disappearing commodity – is not biodegradable, as it takes thousands of years to break down. In addition, it is detrimental to wildlife that ingests it.

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Despite this well-known data, humans continue to toss more than 14 million tons of the stuff into landfills every year.

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Sadly, unless people start to consciously ‘change’, pollution will continue to hurt our environment. In fact, it’s already estimated that by 2050, 99% of birds on this planet will have plastic in their guts.

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IKEA, aware of the environmental devastation polystyrene creates, the furniture retailer is looking to use the biodegradable mycelium “fungi packaging” as part of its efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling.

 

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