Perhaps you only think about mushrooms when one of them sprouts up in your garden or when you are eating a pizza. But you can use mushrooms far, far beyond your kitchen:
Oil, diesel and other petrochemical spill clean-up
Mycologists and researchers were asked about how mushrooms might be used to clean up petrochemicals via a process called mycoremediation. During this process toxic compounds are transformed into harmless ones by fungi. The solution was to develop strains of oyster mushrooms that could tolerate ocean salinity and metabolize oil that is floating on the surface of the sea.
An alternative to styrofoam packaging
Mushroom fibers can be used as an eco friendly alternative to polystyrene – the potentially carcinogenic and synthetic polymer most of you consider as Styrofoam. An upstate New York company literally grows its product from vegetable husks and corn stalks injected with mushroom spores. They grow fibers in molds and then bake in an oven so they have the right texture, elasticity and hardness. Company making above mentioned design recently made a deal with a huge packaging wrap company to build factories that will make mushroom packaging. So one day, your purchases might arrive not packed in styrofoam but in biodegradable fibers of mushroom.