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Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

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In this episode of Upgrade, Motherboard dives head first into the R+D world surrounding the development of fungi as a viable replacement for plastic, and the people who hope it can lead to a better and more sustainable future. Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardtv More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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rajateli (15 hours ago)
Nice idea. However, I would like to know more about the overall energy (also generated mostly using unsustainable means) spent in the commercial scale production process before calling it a better/greener or a sustainable alternative. As of now it can be considered a supplement. We all need to think of better use cases where this innovation may be applied in a more "sustainable" way.
igotapochahontas (1 day ago)
What kind of fungi do they use? Have they considered the extreme allergies that many people have?
PneumaticFrog (3 days ago)
What was the music used in the video at the start
Layla Wonderland (4 days ago)
This is amazing. I would love to order a piece of furniture from them.
『Crying Water』 (4 days ago)
Not very practical right now. But very promising if someone could figure out to make potato starch in really efficient large batches that could support this. Because making plastic right now is really efficient
colin mindak (5 days ago)
What about the long term effect of fungus desolving with bacteria etc, is this what will kill the human race if it generates new dangerous micro life?
Henry Lehtovirta (6 days ago)
I think humans are going to destroy the Earth no matter what. But I'll still make my part in trying to at least slow down the inevitable destruction by working as a packaging design engineer!
Sasha Da Masta (7 days ago)
I hear Dutch I like
Songs Instrumental (7 days ago)
BIG FUNGUS
bella (9 days ago)
Hemp makes the best plastic and it is natural, helps people and very versatile, it creates oxygen, and safer for the environment. Why go out your way to grow a parasite? Why do the most backward outrageous suggestions for plastic alternatives get videos when green plant sources are the better choice for the earth and all living creatures?
satria amiluhur (10 days ago)
I'm always impressed by people who arent native english speaker but still try to answer the interview in english. It just shows their learning and dedicating nature.
Nerdling (12 days ago)
So it’s more than just plastic. You could have a fungus chair with a fungus cushion held by fungus staples and sealed by fungus thread
CrazyKZ (12 days ago)
could this material perhaps be used like in a cooler or thermos here there is a thin layer of plastic to keep the liquid from seeping out with a fungus to keep the structural integrity so we could use it instead of plastic bottles
Happy Hours (13 days ago)
I do have a question about the switch between plastics and fungi. Can fungi be used as a sterile environment? One of the reasons why plastic is so great is that it can be used to protect things like medical tools, for example, needles. They need to be sterile. On that same note, needles are supposed to be one-use which makes the plastics they were stored in destined for the landfill. If fungi can't be used like this, seeing as it's a very natural environment, it might not be quite as useful as plastic.
Happy Hours (13 days ago)
There's also that company who makes fungi surfboards. It's pretty neat how this stuff works.
TheGingerDragon (13 days ago)
The Telvanni are behind all this
Kofi Mensah (14 days ago)
i dont want a phone that degrades or a toy that does the same its abit like bakerlite it was great but it was brittle
Rob Karmic (14 days ago)
Maybe if you're retarded?
Gustavo Adolfo (14 days ago)
I've been hearing about "plastic's alternatives" since the oil crisis in the 70's (yes I'm old). And now we utilize more plastic than ever before. People really don't give a shit about the inviroment and oil corporations are too powerful. They rule USA government and USA goverment rules the world, so we are screwed. If we continue to let "the invisible hand of the market" decides our future, nothing will change. It's the same about energy, now it's cheaper to produce it throught geothermal or solar panel. But we still build coal-fired power plants, baby boomers really destroy everything just to keep their wealthy growing and growing.
Vector (15 days ago)
brilliant! Now a Pizza Fungi...
pioco56 (15 days ago)
Well, some dutch bois are helping save the world.
Lorenzo dellolio (15 days ago)
This is so great!
Paul McMullan (16 days ago)
how about saying mankind instead of saying human kind.
Nanda Kishore (18 days ago)
FUNGUS : The Plastic of the Future. ALGAE : The Food of the Future.
Jeffrey Kalb (22 days ago)
Utensils from fungus... What could go wrong?
quinxx12 (22 days ago)
If you would use that on a large scale wouldn't that require insane amounts of starch and other materials? Doesn't sound very sustainable to me.
Cruster Master (23 days ago)
So this is fungel wood
Nicki LovesDogs (24 days ago)
Fantastic technology.
GearandaltheFirst (24 days ago)
This was three years ago and yet... nothing on the mainstream market
Corey Holt (25 days ago)
Any updates?
roba165 (26 days ago)
What I see here is a enormous business opportunity!
Justice Rider (26 days ago)
Chungus?
Ryan Privee (27 days ago)
So if this stuff decomposes so easy you can throw it away in your backyards....how will it last in your home if you spill water/liquid on it or if you live in a humid climate? I can see using the fungus for packaging materials, but not furniture, clothes, etc. ....and why do they have to make a stupid looking 'branch' chair w/ mushrooms on it? Just make a regular looking chair that someone might actually buy, not some artsy fartsy pos nobody would dare sit on...
自由吗 (29 days ago)
You know what,China has more than 4000 years of history, but we can not fucking find any Chinese ancients people’s traces outside,because they all used ceramics ,bamboo baskets, wood boxes to keep water ,food,and almost all stuff. Only 30 years by now, you can see colorful plastic garbage almost everywhere you come in China.
philip church (1 month ago)
4 years on and where is it???
Ladida386 (1 month ago)
Fungus... Our society decays and mushrooms are having party.
DogeisCut (1 month ago)
dangit, now there using minecraft blocks for plastic i know mycelium is a real fungus
Adryan van den Berg (1 month ago)
see? it's the netherlands again
Lisanne Schop (1 month ago)
Plastic verteerd niet. Na hoe lang verteerd dit materiaal?
Ujwal Jm (1 month ago)
Should have shown a time lapse of how these chairs/packaging bio-degrades into nature
Nars A (1 month ago)
we need to invest in this
Llegué aquí por lumara la biologa 😍
JacobitoGM (1 month ago)
Good luck
Julian Vargo (1 month ago)
Flex tape? More like fungus tape.
Chopsticks42 (1 month ago)
chungus
Miguel Costa (1 month ago)
:O si lees esto lumara muhas gracias por compartir el video, un tema muy interesante, una solucion bio-ecologica. Ojala que esto llegue a diferentes países a nivel intercontinental.
mellow m (1 month ago)
uh that will be gross, fungus getting into your drinks? and if its used as much as plastic is used, wont it have a big effect on the environment? like a giant floating pile of fungus in the ocean instead of plastic?
Eltodofull (1 month ago)
I'm studying Bioenginnering and i'll be sure to join this trend!
Gary Lundberg (1 month ago)
You can say mankind...
nGon- (1 month ago)
I think there's a humongous fungus among us
Meka Game (1 month ago)
what rezist and fire rezist , how you destroy it after you have it all over the Earth like we have plastic now ?
Yu Wish (1 month ago)
I hope Ecovative officers become billionaires. This is amazing.
epSos.de (1 month ago)
*Wonderful solution to resolve the issue* of plastic packaging that keeps piling up every day on our planet. We combine carton and recycled paper with that, and we might reduce the plastic packaging by 99%.
Espertina Caustica (1 month ago)
Maybe our role as a species is to present Earth with plastic. Mother Earth couldn't do it herself so she came up with a way to do it. When we're no longer needed she will dispose of us an keep the plastic. This is just an idea so keep your hair on.
FaceSizeBurger (1 month ago)
at 9:26 and 9:30 am i seeing my fungi friends being contained in PLASTIC containers!? :3
Victor Vieira (1 month ago)
excelent video and comentary
Mikoyanshik (1 month ago)
As soon as I heard them speak, I thought of the Netherlands.
Surya Tchandra (1 month ago)
The structure of fungus does not seem to be regular enough to make electronic components with it. For packaging, it looks promising.
paul (1 month ago)
Wait. But they're growing the fungi in plastic bags? 10:06
Ahmed Almujaberchi (1 month ago)
One whole minute of advertising/comercial. Que Bolas Youtube! Where will it end?!
Anandhu A.B (1 month ago)
No I hate fungi I have a lot on my head already
NitroVexPlays (1 month ago)
Big Chungus!
Michael Minnich (1 month ago)
in the first 11 seconds you tell me that the generation that grew up with Captain Planet intentionally opted to be that show's shitty villains, and somehow your little show, which is basically an adult version of Captain Planet, is supposed to reverse that? you're dumb as fuck.
Joseph Peters (1 month ago)
Be careful some fungus are opportunitistic type ill related.
fjkzd J. (1 month ago)
Motherboard also says tiktok has a nazi problem so take their views on anything with a ton of salt. Link:https://youtu.be/ahZnhCqxFWI
The Salted Beagles (1 month ago)
This is it ya'll...nausicaa valley of the wind is upon us and the fungus will solve our problems and take over the world.
Broken Figure (1 month ago)
Why fungus rythmes with chungus
Kavukamari (1 month ago)
I wonder if we can engineer a fungus that grows big enough to grow a whole house, and when your house looks how you want it, you just set it on fire to "bake" it hard
killazaawl (1 month ago)
please use black outlines for the white subtitles next time
Broth (1 month ago)
Organic plastic? We're finally advancing into the orokin era!
LetoZeth (1 month ago)
Well, there are bacterial organisms that love eating plastics. So even if plastics never break down, they will get eaten.
Cari Garafalo (1 month ago)
Cool to hear that it can replace styrofoam, the only remaining use I can think of is for large scale sculptures and CNC machining for making casts of ornamental fixtures in buildings (such as roman pillars and concrete filigree accents). Have they made a type which would be conductive to sculptors' techniques of hot-wire cutting followed by wire brush roughing, then finishing with sadpaper before fiberglassing/casting? If you're not familiar with what I'm talking about, the YouTube channel "Aden Hynes Sculpture Studios" shows the process very well, I've done the same kind of thing but had issues recycling the leftover pellets so I try not to use it anymore. I'd love to give this stuff a try, perhaps donate some pieces to the gallery featured in this video essay. Do you guys have the contact info so I can reach out to these researchers?
Actionbastard (1 month ago)
I am from the future. If you are getting this message it was a mistake. The Fungus took over and now it is we who are the plastic of the future.
Peter 24 (1 month ago)
What a great idea . To help plastics grow and get everywhere in the soil after making people believe is biodegradable .. Well done :/ #NotGoodSMH
David Morris (1 month ago)
That's so awesome!! I hope this techology becomes popular and will one day replace plastic. The only thing i'm asking myself is if it's possible to produce see-through foil like that since many groceries are wrapped in foil so you can see them when shopping and i don't think companies would want to change that
fghjehegh sseggss (1 month ago)
dont tell me that those guys wern't able to talk english?!
AlphaKenny1 (1 month ago)
Big Fungus
B Wolff (1 month ago)
10:06 Wait...aren't those all in plastic, non resealable containers?
Bus bill (1 month ago)
Well this earth is fucked anyways so this probably will not save the earth
YouGadget TV (1 month ago)
2019... Progress?
cloudenvying (1 month ago)
as much as this idea seems great, i really don't think that a living organism can keep up with the demand placed on plastics for packaging. whereas something like styrofoam can be made very quickly in a production line, melted and together in complex shapes, fungi will take many times longer to grow; probably so much longer that it's unsuitable for factory production as a replacement for most plastics.
Jade Nolden (1 month ago)
Andere nederlanders hier?
GIRGHGH Aka Girg (1 month ago)
Why is it so late though? This seems like something we should have started thinking about centuries ago. This whole time people have either just been eating or killing fungus.
Axei mash (1 month ago)
is it ok for food packaging?
François Cauneau (1 month ago)
Awesome... it much more impressive to my eyes than any 'IoT' gadgets, even the arrival of the PC or smartphones... This really contains a breakthrough for our civilization.
Ocios (1 month ago)
Did everybody forget that hemp plastics exist??
lalybum (1 month ago)
Production is too slow, not happening. Humanity would be better just reducing the population to 10% of the actual population. All problems would be solved.
animefreak5219 (1 month ago)
I think that it's still too slow growing for this to be mass used.
i guess that's going to upset some oil companies
Capitalism
titaniumpenknife (2 months ago)
Stuff like this gives me hope and excitement for the future instead of dread
Ricky Supriyadi (2 months ago)
I have a small barn which moist enough to produce fungi, also living at 2nd largest plastic waste country (maybe) if only someone provide me the technology to produce 200ml cup at the cost of Rp25 per cup I'll do it. how much is Rp25? Google idr25 to usd.
Oleanna The Fox (2 months ago)
And then The Last of Us happened.
Liam Green (2 months ago)
10:06 That plastic seems counterproductive.
CerealKiller (2 months ago)
We call that shit the plastic It's shiny, fake and hard It plays it's little mindgames all around the schoolyard
katy k (2 months ago)
Why do i feel like this is being used for vegan not meat foods
Ican FeeLIt (2 months ago)
Plastic is good...
jason sumburg (2 months ago)
It's been 3 years....
E Q (2 months ago)
Where do I buy this mushroom chair
shella bella (2 months ago)
Okay but how quickly does it break down after processing? Is it biodegradable and does it decompose by itself? Or does it need the help of a certain heat exposure like corn based plastic?

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