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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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heli chopper (12 days ago)
Also hemp.
orventro (13 days ago)
Ok but is it better for the environment than plastic? There's no mentioning in the video of any studies on that topic.
144Donn (19 days ago)
This is quite amazing and exciting! Now, I do understand that some bacteria or fungus can eat away at plastic..because we have a world filled with that with which we must deal.
Aegius_X3 (19 days ago)
You seem to have subtitles in every language except for english
S T Ξ Λ L T H (23 days ago)
3 years later still nothing has changed
Vincent (27 days ago)
Folkert van der Meulen (28 days ago)
I'm frustrated about the fact that in the translation from the Dutch designer you guys (Motherboard) went on to translate 'grondstoffen' to 'landfill waste', when it should be 'raw material'. This makes the fungus technology seem like a solution to landfills! Still, the fungus technology is a really cool new material and has a lot of potential to make big changes.
mark jones (29 days ago)
Intriguing tech! If y'all need some new strains, I got a few in my refrigerator right now. :)
w00tse (1 month ago)
How do you do an 11min piece on fungi and don't mention WHICH fungus they are working with. That's like doing a documentary about a milking plant and saying "They are doing some amazing work with animals in here."
Engin Atik (1 month ago)
Why don’t we grow cow skin cells instead of fungus and wrap everything in fine leather? We would never throw away packaging materials. Probably it grows more slowly and it costs more but it would be worth it.
John Morley (1 month ago)
We could make plastics from cotton. Chemically identical to that made from oil but millenials will think it is green if we make it from cotton. We are leaving this planet to a generation of self flagellating morons.
Dan K (1 month ago)
No pueden traducir "oil based plastic" "plástico basado en aceite". Oil se refiere a derivados del petróleo
Dan K (1 month ago)
I guess it was automatically translated, it really sucks
Yo Momo (1 month ago)
1steinstein (1 month ago)
Can you get the same scale that plastic has though?
trafficjon400 (1 month ago)
Nothing lucky about it. Plastic in the 80s was suposed to be to costly and now that it harms every thing it's cheap. very strange
I think the fuck not
Crohns Disease (1 month ago)
my foot is the invention of the future damn
Prin Ren TS (1 month ago)
I didn't expect to hear them speak Dutch whahaha. Geweldig
Neocuriosity (1 month ago)
The question isn't if a substitute can be made. It's if the impending used plastics can be eliminated or utilized
Kendra Fuller (1 month ago)
Why dont i already see this in my grocery stores?
Daniel (1 month ago)
omgg this comment section is so cool and funny. kinda wanna add y’all guys
Never Yield (1 month ago)
The packaging they show there is usually made from cardboard, so basically wood. Why replace wood with fungi?
Crescent Fresh (1 month ago)
Good luck getting the petrol companies to relinquish any kind of control over any products that are derived from oil like plastic
mavitilo (1 month ago)
This should be implemented immediately... We're running out of time.
thomas (1 month ago)
2 year ago , show you can have the right product but that don’t guarantee it going to sell. Much more needed
Matt Wolf (1 month ago)
9:58 They were still making CRT's in 2015?
Honor Magic (1 month ago)
I send The Turkısh subtitle.Im waiting accept .Pls accept.For my hw
Xez1919 (2 months ago)
The problem is the material is more expensive than package. And as you know, most people buy the cheaper product. Most companies would not want to adopt such packaging material because it will shrink their profit margins. Of course we could force them to do it by law.
W Kwi (2 months ago)
Sooo if material are similar, degradation are similar too?
Scott McLennan (2 months ago)
Anyone that is interested in real ways to help the planet can find hope. Learn as much as you can about the earth and its natural systems.youtubing Paul stamets is a great way to start learning about different fungi and how it can be applied to heal the planet and ourselves.
Scott McLennan (2 months ago)
Fungus is the answer. Matterials, bio fuel, microscopic environmental remediation, food and medicine. Bees need mycelium. The use of fungicides is one of the leading causes of CCS. Our world and the life here was likely the result of fungi spores from space.
Headtrix 1652 (2 months ago)
Wanneer sien ons dit op die openbare mark?
Judy Leddy (2 months ago)
wowwhat if they could make a fungus that absorbed nuclear weopons.
Poislend 132 (2 months ago)
Chungus: the plastic of the future
Israel Morales (3 months ago)
I do this in my laundry room too hahaha
godloveamerica lastname (3 months ago)
what kind of Africano language is this khrakhahkrah krahaha
Mirabell97 (3 months ago)
It's insane how tidy their lab is
anya alekseev (3 months ago)
what language is the blonde guy speaking.... i am entranced....
n1xio (3 months ago)
Danny Tourigny (3 months ago)
10:38 I really like this tune. Does anyone know where it is from, please? Thank you.
Eeriel Constantine (3 months ago)
I want fungus furniture so bad
who said that? (3 months ago)
Why can't we make something that eats plastic and creates dirt out of it Like a composte but with plastic
Arash Moaddel (3 months ago)
It's 2019 and still almost all o f the products are still wrapped in oil based plastic
Yury Kravchenko (3 months ago)
This is insanely cool! I hope we will switch to fungi-based production as soon as possible!
rajateli (3 months 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.
Space Ninja (3 months ago)
What kind of fungi do they use? Have they considered the extreme allergies that many people have?
PneumaticFrog (4 months ago)
What was the music used in the video at the start
This is amazing. I would love to order a piece of furniture from them.
『Crying Water』 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
I hear Dutch I like
Songs Instrumental (4 months ago)
bella (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
There's also that company who makes fungi surfboards. It's pretty neat how this stuff works.
TheGingerDragon (4 months ago)
The Telvanni are behind all this
25 buttholes (4 months 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
Gustavo Adolfo (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
brilliant! Now a Pizza Fungi...
pioco56 (4 months ago)
Well, some dutch bois are helping save the world.
Lorenzo dellolio (4 months ago)
This is so great!
Paul McMullan (4 months ago)
how about saying mankind instead of saying human kind.
Nanda Kishore (4 months ago)
FUNGUS : The Plastic of the Future. ALGAE : The Food of the Future.
Jeffrey Kalb (4 months ago)
Utensils from fungus... What could go wrong?
quinxx12 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
So this is fungel wood
Nicki LovesDogs (4 months ago)
Fantastic technology.
GearandaltheFirst (4 months ago)
This was three years ago and yet... nothing on the mainstream market
Corey Holt (4 months ago)
Any updates?
roba165 (4 months ago)
What I see here is a enormous business opportunity!
Justice Rider (4 months ago)
Ryan Privee (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
4 years on and where is it???
Ladida386 (4 months ago)
Fungus... Our society decays and mushrooms are having party.
DogeisCut (4 months ago)
dangit, now there using minecraft blocks for plastic i know mycelium is a real fungus
Adryan van den Berg (4 months ago)
see? it's the netherlands again
Ujwal Jm (5 months ago)
Should have shown a time lapse of how these chairs/packaging bio-degrades into nature
Nars A (5 months ago)
we need to invest in this
Llegué aquí por lumara la biologa 😍
JacobitoGM (5 months ago)
Good luck
Julian Vargo (5 months ago)
Flex tape? More like fungus tape.
Chopsticks42 (5 months ago)
Miguel Costa (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
I'm studying Bioenginnering and i'll be sure to join this trend!
Gary Lundberg (5 months ago)
You can say mankind...
nGon- (5 months ago)
I think there's a humongous fungus among us
Yu Wish (5 months ago)
I hope Ecovative officers become billionaires. This is amazing.
epSos.de (5 months 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%.
Pedro Viegas (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
at 9:26 and 9:30 am i seeing my fungi friends being contained in PLASTIC containers!? :3
Victor Vieira (5 months ago)
excelent video and comentary
Mikoyanshik (5 months ago)
As soon as I heard them speak, I thought of the Netherlands.
Surya Tchandra (5 months ago)
The structure of fungus does not seem to be regular enough to make electronic components with it. For packaging, it looks promising.
paul (5 months ago)
Wait. But they're growing the fungi in plastic bags? 10:06

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