- 13 June 2014 | Surfing
Meet the first generation of eatable surfboards and fins. Just add salt and olive oil. Alright, maybe that's too much, but Ecovative is developing bio-based and biodegradable surf gear. Seriously tasty.
Mushroom mycelium is a natural, self-assembling glue, digesting crop waste to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform.
In this case, surfboards are grown, not manufactured. Blanks, fins and handplane will decompose when broken, discarded, or lost in the ocean, effectively reducing toxic marine debris.
Ecovative is a material science company developing a new class of home-compostable bioplastics based on mycelium. They're already working with the industry's top surfboard manufacturers and shapers to advance this sustainable technology.
For example, in the mushroom fin segment, Ecovative grows an easily cut or custom molded material with the same strength-weight ratio as typical MDF, so that you get a stiff set of surfboard fins.
A surfboard will grow from formable particles to a rigid structure in four days. Mycelium gets its strength from chitin, the same material that makes a crab's exoskeleton durable and tough.