Fungus & Photos for Wired UK Magazine

Back in the fall of 2011, we got a call from Wired UK to photograph Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre, two young and innovative entrepreneurs working to solve the problem of polystyrene, aka Styrofoam packaging. The coolest part is they’re not just manufacturing a solution – they’re growing it. Ecovative Design grows all of their products from fungus. Completely innovative and 100% biodegradable, the packaging that Ecovative produces rivals all of the properties of traditional packaging, but is exponentially less taxing on the environment. Wired has the entire article up on their site, it’s a great read; highly recommended.

It was an awesome experience to meet Eben, Gavin, and the rest of the team at Ecovative.  Keep reading for more behind the scenes and the rest of our story…

We managed to get access into one of the research and development clean rooms at Ecovative to take the shot above. Eben and Gavin are seen dropping some of the raw material that goes into the mushroom packaging into a mold.

Another shot from inside the Ecovative production facility, this one showing part of the area where the packaging is made, or better yet I should say grows.

There it is, the EcoCradle packaging itself, 100% biodegradable and renewable. The next time you’re un-boxing something stuffed into its packaging with Styrofoam or packing peanuts think about what the future could bring. It might just be grown out of mushrooms.

We found out that yes, you can grow anything out of these mushrooms. Forget Star Wars , I want to see a Canon 500mm f/4 L series made out of the stuff next!

A photo-of-a-photo (testing the light) and the resulting iphone picture. The Crisman photo crew was proudly sporting hairnets all day long. I think it should be a mandatory piece of the uniform.

Sorry Jeff. I know this isn’t the most flattering photo in the world, but I had to share it – it’s not every day that the headline of the story you’re shooting can be thrown on the floor and photographed.


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