Ecovative design has made several appearances here at InventorSpot: for their mushroom-based, biodegradable greensulate insulation products, ecocradle packaging products, and even for both. But their latest announcement is even more intriguing: car parts!
Ford Motor Company has made a commitment to replace around 30 pounds of petroleum-based foam per car with alternatives like ecovative's fireproof, waterproof product. When you consider that Ford can produce up to 10,000 cars a day, that adds up to a lot of mushrooms.
Apart from sheer volume, the other main hurdle that ecovative faces is consistency. Packaging products and insulation are one thing, but car parts require pretty exact science. Ford need to know that the foam ecovative is providing is uniformly dense, in order for them to be able to pass the gamut of tests conducted by agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If ecovative have been consistent in one thing since their inception in 2007, it's been their ability to innovate, so they are sure to find a way to manage this issue at their Green Island, NY facility. And then we'll be on our way to having cars that'll compost when you bury them in the ground. Stay tuned!
And hope against hope that they use the right kind of mushroom: