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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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Julian Weiser (1 day ago)
Nice idea... But it will all be history as soon as the oil company's start to hear about it.
A Priest (1 day ago)
Every new idea is the way of the future to the media
Shockwave Shockwave (2 days ago)
The last of us -1: the beggning
Shockwave Shockwave (2 days ago)
Foongas
kkatsa (2 days ago)
the ending song is really cool, shazam says it's dtour - orange juice, but i need the instrumental version pls!!! anyone?
Blissfully Ignorant (3 days ago)
You can't replace platic. You can only change your way of life. Trash is for tosser. Can shoe you how.
potion123456 (4 days ago)
I'm concerned as to whether such a new material will be beneficial to the environment considering the energy used to produce the packaging or products. Like there's the drying process which probably requires heat and to make the actual form (breaking down of material into small parts and mixing) how much energy does it consume in the process? It seems to me the process is way more energy intensive than using plastic, though I can see the problem they are trying to rectify here is in the waste system, not so much on energy. But this is also what's scary about the new materials, cos the used energy eventually takes the form of CO2 and other greenhouse gases which are way less apparent and visible, people don't actually find the urgency to deal with it until eventually the environment gets equally shitty. It's basically one form of pollution vs another. Unless the energy consumed in the process of creating the material is equivalent or less than that of styrofoam or other plastics they're replacing, it may just be as pollutive. It's the same problem faced with replacing plastic bags with reusable bags - you need to reuse the bag more 7000 times for it to be more energy efficient than plastic bags. That said, I feel that it's still important that R&D continues in these area, but just as important is that consumers and companies don't just see an end product as it is but also consider the process in which they were made.
Fidel Maltos (5 days ago)
did anyone just see little blu and white barcode looking pixels on the screen around 3 minutes
Corrupted Cyborg (6 days ago)
can it be transparent ?
the fungus among us
Hjordis Torfa (7 days ago)
Magnificent ✌ Together We Can make a difference Thank you kindly "Motherboard" for sharing with us all.. BigTime thanks to everyone working with this 💕✌💕💖💕
XxDeadBunnyxX (9 days ago)
I wonder if they could start to use this to replace Styrofoam cups or (this might be pushing it) plastic straws
gaming samurai (10 days ago)
Anyone els get a static thing o their screen like if you did
Eu Não sei (2 days ago)
Was looking for a comment like this, I guess it's from the video itself, although it makes no sense it's just bothering
Kenji (12 days ago)
Funny how much actual plastic they showed :v
chemical mike (14 days ago)
its pourous on purpose?? no i think you didnt know how to use the 3d printer properly. be honest ffs! i hope you havent scammed anyone!
chemical mike (14 days ago)
foam bamboo. the potential is incredible! p.s; pay me.
This Plastic Nation (15 days ago)
interesting!hope it can be widely used in the future.
haunter1950 (15 days ago)
What happens at 3 mins
Heiner Ali (15 days ago)
Will it grow hair ?
Clayton Lynch (15 days ago)
As a mycophile and packaging enthusiast I found this video to be really exciting, however I wish they had shown more strength tests
Orion D. Hunter (16 days ago)
[screaming internally]
Toryu-Mau (19 days ago)
... So... Fermented Furniture? >):^?
Rokkiteer (19 days ago)
Another upside to this is that fungus grows from wood pulp, so when demand for trees grows, so will the supply. More forests
Benjamin Hamer (20 days ago)
I wonder why this information has been suppressed for so long? Thank God for the mushroom consciousness and its selfless nature.
Secrecy (21 days ago)
With this stuff you can make a stool. A toadstool made with your dogs stools.
Peter Tremblay (23 days ago)
Problem is there is no future and only an idiot cannot see it with the massive die off of marine life and land animals! At best we have 20 to 25 years in front of us and it will get ugly in 5 to 8 years due to climate extreme and resources rarity. Keep dreaming since extinction is just around the corner!
Gold Waves (23 days ago)
This is one of those "just because" right? Obviously drawing all their inspiration from childhood games such as Mario, these guys are envisioning furniture made from shrooms; nothing new to any experienced druggy or gay apartment. I give this segment of "guess what" a 6/10.
MrLewooz (24 days ago)
we will be fucked before it happens.... ( sorrY I'm a bit dark at the moment...)
Halbe Null (26 days ago)
Is the fact that they have to wait several days for the fungus to grow a big limiting factor? It certainly seems like it would be but I don't know anything about how plastics are made either.
Hannah Montana (1 month ago)
what language is that?
Crux161 (1 month ago)
telvani wizards anyone? 😂
diktatorro (1 month ago)
its nuclear retard not nucular
ThrownAxe 9 (1 month ago)
I like my burger with extra foot fungus please.
Gerardo Gonzalez (1 month ago)
Start making god damn furniture that you can actually use and then we can talk.
Assimilate71 (1 month ago)
I stole some of my wife's kombucha scobies (a solid fungus), then racked and dried them into sheets. Unbelievable how strong dried scobies are - it's essentially a kind of leather. I see now that ppl are making clothing out of it, which is huge when you consider the amount of resources that go into what we wear. Not only that; the byproduct, kombucha, can be used for food, drink, and everyone's favorite - alcohol.
Crazy Tactics (1 month ago)
Well, its been "a few years"... Were's my fungus products?!
John crew (1 month ago)
okay. Did that rat just eat my chair?
AntiTroll101 (1 month ago)
One problem is production rate. it takes way longer to make one unit of fungi than it does for plastic. 3d printing takes way too long.
TheFloatingSheep (1 month ago)
5:25 rly dude? Sculptris?
Brian Lin (1 month ago)
nani
Dave Otuwa (2 months ago)
WARNING! No mushrooms are seen during the shooting of this video. "Step outside!" commanded to Toad (Nintendo).
Dave Otuwa (2 months ago)
Gaad dammyt! I've never seen plastic mushrooms.
Saundra York (2 months ago)
I'm having a Sci Fi vision of recreating a boyfriend gone to war . . . ohhh must stop
Saundra York (1 month ago)
If one can 3D-print out a shape and have the fungus grow into that shape; then it is only a matter of time before a sci-fi writer explores 3d-printing a person I should have explained better
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Saundra York wait what.
Destiny Garcia (2 months ago)
This made me emotional and gives me more hope of humankind (‘:
Destiny Garcia (1 month ago)
start with not using plastic bags, buy a stainless steal water bottle, support your local farmers/eat healthier. Its really not that complicated. You may not be like everyone else but at least you know youre doing something. All I can do is stay positive and spread positive energy because like attracts like.
Destiny Garcia (1 month ago)
but this is better than not trying! This may not help over night but this is inspiring many do something about it. I believe this world can change, just more people need to be aware. Instead of using that thought energy on giving up on the world why not use that energy to do/say something? Domino effect! Lets make this world a little better like these guys! They could easily be like you and say this world is not going to change but look at them they're inspiring! Remember, we are the buyers of plastics. Just imagine if more and more of us give up plastic. That alone is a big impact. There are many many alternatives.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Destiny Garcia Unfortunately it likely wont go anywhere, its quite expensive. The reason plastic is so popular is because of the cost, also so many companies would have to get ride of there old factories and spend tons of money making fungi factories instead. And with all that, lets face it: The stuffs not as good as plastic when it comes to convince, you cant melt it, it has to be 3d printed or grown into its shape(as far as i know). And its not clear! Im not against this or anything, i just dont think it will go far.
Cosmo Wattis (2 months ago)
That little stool isn't gonna hold fat americans
robheusd (2 months ago)
But the need is not so much for plastics that are used durable (like a chair, you won't dispose of it after using 1 time), but the plastics for 1 time usage and which are mostly in packaging of food items which end up the most in the environment.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Thats what there making as well, but a chair last lets say exactly 5 years. After those five you’re gonna be trowing it away, as with the million other people who bought that chair as well. and, of course the chair has way more mass then say, a bag, so there focusing on the big ones first. but alas there is still more problems with it; Unfortunately it likely wont go anywhere, its quite expensive. The reason plastic is so popular is because of the cost, also so many companies would have to get ride of there old factories and spend tons of money making fungi factories instead. And with all that, lets face it: The stuffs not as good as plastic when it comes to convince, you cant melt it, it has to be 3d printed or grown into its shape(as far as i know). And its not clear! Im not against this or anything, i just dont think it will go far.
SK Loda (2 months ago)
they dint say anything about the negative side effect thou
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
SK Loda plus it prevents the other negitive side effects of plastics.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
SK Loda there is none, its sterile, and wont grow anymore.
Stranded73 (2 months ago)
Check out the book "Mycophilia" by Eugenia Bone - it shows how mushrooms may be controlling our very evolution... scary cool shit
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Stranded73 assuming you believe in evolution, everything is to some degree, similar to the butterfly effect i guess.
Quinn Von Kerman (2 months ago)
Is this 3d printable?
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Quinn Von Kerman yup
Willie No Legs (2 months ago)
A fungus Tesla
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Willie No Legs they’re metal-bodied so no, but the plastic bits maybe.
JokerReaperComedy (2 months ago)
To be fair, it’s mostly fishing equipments that are mostly polluting the waters. Perhaps if we were to try to regulate and penalize the companies that are tossing away their fishing equipments, we would be a step closer to a less plastic filled ocean. But the question is how can we regulate it? We might need to over step some boundaries to enforce everyone to follow our regulations. Countries could easily enforce it in their oceans, but will they?
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
JokerReaperComedy i highly doubt the the majority of plastics in the water is due to fishermen throwing there plastic bags and bottles out. plenty of it comes from neglectful people on the land. and, more importantly you can get a MASSIVE fine for throwing out your trash as a fishing company, or as a regular fishermen.
BeepBop Boop (2 months ago)
This video is sexy.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
BeepBop Boop super
resistradio (2 months ago)
Fungus can save the world!! Seriously. Check out Paul Stametz.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
resistradio, Unfortunately it likely wont go anywhere, its quite expensive. The reason plastic is so popular is because of the cost, also so many companies would have to get ride of there old factories and spend tons of money making fungi factories instead. And with all that, lets face it: The stuffs not as good as plastic when it comes to convince, you cant melt it, it has to be 3d printed or grown into its shape(as far as i know). And its not clear! Im not against this or anything, i just dont think it will go far.
Initially NO (2 months ago)
Humankind have done this? No, whitecoats have! Stop blaming everyone for whitecoats foisting this rubbish on the people who didn't want it in the first place.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Initially NO, nope! the majority of trash is not done by doctors and scientists, it is the general population.
Jesse Davis (2 months ago)
Looks like somone decided to make old school EVERQUEST crafting a reality.
Techno MasterDude (2 months ago)
That's why the country I live in is so contaminated. Before people would just throw things away, since they used to not be made of plastic, well they would decompose. Unfortunately, the custom didn't evolve with the nature of the media. ¡Viva México! Un día espero poder emigrar a un país de primer mundo como Holanda. ¡Liberación ya! ¡Positive vibrations! ¡Escape poverty because it kills planets!
E (2 months ago)
Very interesting, but i stopped listening after the american said 'nucular' for nuclear
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
E do you pronounce it “new clear” or something?
Jalu Prayoga (2 months ago)
Try using cassava, it's better and stronger. It works and need more develope in Indonesia. You will know how we made it in TED Channel.
saurabh ** (2 months ago)
Okay I get it... replacement for plastic....to replace plastic completely..is super tremendous task...and second what about the already existing plastic waste...😕👎
Fuzz Zeballs (2 months ago)
never make enough to keep up with demand plastics are here to stay
Erik The Hentai Hitta (2 months ago)
"could"
gamanin8 (2 months ago)
Remember when this new stuff, plastic was so great? You could see thru it but it didn't break like glass. Remember cane toads? Remember kudzu? Be careful what you wish for/develop. Now there's graphine and fungus. Fungus is especially scary because it's living and like cane toads can reproduce. Be very careful, all you developers.
Scarface Reivax (2 months ago)
This a good material replacement for styrofoam..
Christopher Builder (2 months ago)
🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱
KSAM The Randomizer (2 months ago)
welp
Homer Ulbrich (2 months ago)
the world's on the warphole to the mushroom kingdom
Iquey (3 months ago)
Dang The guy at the end really has a point about plastic's true use as a nuclear waste containment material.
artistpw (3 months ago)
This is probably a type of birch tree fungus.
San Gouda (3 months ago)
Why cant we do to plastic, what we did for CFC. We know it is so bad, why not UN bring every country to the table and simply ban production and use of plastic.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
San Gouda that would be massively catastrophic, so many things relie on plastic. go through your home and look around, how many things can you spot that use plastic?
S T Ξ Λ L T H (3 months ago)
The last thing you want in your packaging is someone’s foot fungus. But as it turns out that might be what you’re gonna get.
derekPo (3 months ago)
Is that leather alternative what others call scoby?
Youi Gta (3 months ago)
10:05 making plastic out of fungus, packaging it in plastic
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Youi Gta lol ikr
leo666owsla (3 months ago)
BurgerKing Footlettuce
Life science Technology (3 months ago)
Give me the name of fungus genus species
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Pankaj Singh the guy with the name of the fungus genus species.
who r u ?
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Pankaj Singh no
Ekzar Ruz (3 months ago)
Shiny dress
Ekzar Ruz (3 months ago)
Chitine
You know any other culture follows the white cultures a lot of times period and not a lot of that white culture Downing is off of jealousy because they can't pass you on their own and I want you to step down and let them pass you. Be proud of who you are don't let nobody guilt trip you into anything
Notice that the culture of people you see working on anything
David Beddoe (3 months ago)
subtitles ought to be a different colour than the backdrop of every interview, on a show where they interview people in white showrooms around the world.
BellumXyz (3 months ago)
*6:52 damn did he just roast america? Lmao
TELEVISIBLE (3 months ago)
we need this now
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
TELEVISIBLE Unfortunately it likely wont go anywhere, its quite expensive. The reason plastic is so popular is because of the cost, also so many companies would have to get ride of there old factories and spend tons of money making fungi factories instead. And with all that, lets face it: The stuffs not as good as plastic when it comes to convince, you cant melt it, it has to be 3d printed or grown into its shape(as far as i know). And its not clear! Im not against this or anything, i just dont think it will go far.
qik78u (4 months ago)
A video about using fungus to replace plastic, and what do they store it in............... plastic!
qik78u (3 months ago)
was meant to be sarcastic...use your brain!
VEIKKAM NJULEKRI (3 months ago)
qik78u please use your brain you may find out why
Raymond Loughlin III (4 months ago)
Blender bottles made out of Mycelium?
Raymond Loughlin III (1 month ago)
and they have practically 1 metal version.
Raymond Loughlin III (1 month ago)
Asdf Qwerty They currently make them out of plastic......
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Raymond Loughlin III they make that out of glass, they’re not replacing glass!
Rachel D (4 months ago)
I am in my 70s....was i was younger we didnt have plastic like they do today. We used paper bags and cardboard, which we recycled. We used glass and glass containers, which where recycled. I think plastic bags should be ban. They seem to have caused too many problems
James Brown (4 months ago)
I’m terribly allergic to mold and fungus. Decomposing material can put dust in the air if not done properly. Has anyone looked at the effect of large scale decomposition of fungi on air and soil quality? Or skin contact with things containing dead fungus? If you are trying to replace the use of plastic, there will be an awful lot of dead fungus floating around in the environment. Also, if they grow the fungus within a substrate made from other materials, those substrate materials have to be biodegradable; otherwise, you’re still stuck with garbage when the product is thrown away, even after the fungus decomposes. So I don’t think this is a perfect panacea for dealing with the environmental issues associated with disposing of the things we no longer use. That said, it is encouraging to see the innovative solutions being developed for dealing with the world environmental challenges. I think this is a great idea as long as the researchers look at the potential side effects of composting waste materials made from large scale implementations of these technologies.
One Man Army (4 months ago)
In English ... people ... do it in English ...
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
One Man Army boy why should they learn your language? learn theirs!
Heloísa Oss Boll (4 months ago)
Amazing!!!
Phaces (4 months ago)
does anbody know which 3D software he was using in 5:20?
Sasori (5 months ago)
Take me to your fun gus.
Sasori (5 months ago)
I wish I spoke some European language countries there are so innovative really want to visit and learn things
gamebro (5 months ago)
There has not been much news on this in the past 3 years, and you know what they say in the science world..... no news is bad news.... Biodegradable plastics are more likely to succeed then something you have to grow.
Michael Harto (5 months ago)
wow johny sins is now working on a fungus breakthrough!
Riddlemethis (5 months ago)
What software is he using to do the organic design?
jean maillard (5 months ago)
BUT can you eat that fungus? I'm thinking if you have a baby you don't want them to chew poison
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
jean maillard you can eat it like plastic! or rubber! you simply cant eat it, and its perfectly safe.
Jun (5 months ago)
But we have to be aware and cautious about this. fungus are really hard to erase in the lab when its not invited. So if that fungus go wrong, it could severely spread to the natural environment and affect to them.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
Jun plus they’re fungi experts, they know dangerous fungi from safe, and how to handle unsafe fungi.
VEIKKAM NJULEKRI (3 months ago)
Jun fungi are everywhere already anyways - i doubt the possibility of such a scenario
My knifes Don’t cut (5 months ago)
Huh I geuss in the future we will have a new breed of wood workers
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
My knifes Don’t cut Unfortunately it likely wont go anywhere, its quite expensive. The reason plastic is so popular is because of the cost, also so many companies would have to get ride of there old factories and spend tons of money making fungi factories instead. And with all that, lets face it: The stuffs not as good as plastic when it comes to convince, you cant melt it, it has to be 3d printed or grown into its shape(as far as i know). And its not clear! Im not against this or anything, i just dont think it will go far.
This is the most interesting material i have ever seen. Is far better can bamboo. How to contact the company? I highly interested on this
robotparadise (5 months ago)
Mass production might... just might... be a problem.
this is not Nerd (5 months ago)
This is closer to wood than plastic
vawa-ID (6 months ago)
if it's not poisonous, everyone can eat it. maybe.
Asdf Qwerty (1 month ago)
vawa-ID do you eat rubber?

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