Leadership in Sustainable Manufacturing: Ecovative Design

This is a business feature worth sharing. Ecovative Design  features a shining example for manufacturing building materials on a sustainable basis. It grows the insulating products it manufactures and sells.


As it proclaims on its website, “We grow materials made from agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium. Mycelium is a natural, self-assembling glue, digesting crop waste to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform.”

The New York-based biomaterials company, was originally featured by GBE because it sold a green insulation worth knowing about – Greensulate.

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The company’s large-scale grow factories are something to brhold. “We harness the power of nature-the cleanest technology on Earth, eliminating the pollution generated across the petroleum-based plastics supply chain,” reports Ecovative.

CEO and co-founder Eben Bayer uses biology to create disruptive solutions that are good for people and the planet. He has evangelized a strategy of bio-adaption around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and The World Economic Forum.

He has said part of the company vision is to replace environmentally damaging synthetics such as plastics and foam – materials that are used considerably in the construction and packaging industries – with cost-competitive alternatives.

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About Greensulate

According to the Ecovative Design website, “There are many great loose fill or batt insulations that are eco-friendly, but almost all rigid board insulation is made from petrochemicals, resulting in significant CO2 emissions during production. Greensulate™ is literally grown, not manufactured. We use a growing organism to transform agricultural byproducts, like cottonseed hulls and buck-wheat hulls, into a beautiful protective package.”

The insulation is safe to touch and can be installed with out any special safety gear. Additionally there are no spores or allergy concerns associated with the use of this material, and Greensulate passes ASTM tests for mold growth, water sorption, and vapor transmission. Additionally, Greensulate is chemical and VOC (volatile organic compound) free, while still providing a Class 1 fire rating.

The product can be cut using normal woodworking tools to fit any size you need. We can also grow Greensulate into almost any custom size and shape you need for your special application. One insulation alternative that stands out: Greensulate.

Art: Ecovative Design  

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