Ikea Is Growing New Eco-Friendly Mushroom Packaging

To stop all those $20 side tables from getting banged up, Ikea has to use a lot of polystyrene packaging every year. Unfortunately, polystyrene isn’t biodegradable, and people are bad at recycling, leaving Ikea looking for a better material to stick between sheets of ply.

Source: Ikea Is Growing New Eco-Friendly Mushroom Packaging

I’m curious about the cost of this vs traditional cardboard or bubble wrap. I use to do production for an ‘eco’ friendly company that ships product to customers using insanely wasteful amounts of bubble wrap.

…and if it’s worth being sauteed…  What?! 😉

Your Next Yoga Mat Might Be Made From Algae

It’s the last thing you want to find floating on your backyard pool, but a Mississippi-based company called Bloom has developed a way to turn algae, that green slimy goo that makes it unpleasant to swim in a lake, into eco-friendly foam for use in yoga mats, sandals, or luggage.

Source: Your Next Yoga Mat Might Be Made From Algae

This is great and all, but does it suffer from the same drawback that limits other bioplastics? namely, does the process of polymerization prevent it from being biodegradable?