Researchers have developed a novel eco-friendly material, dubbed "mycelium-based composites (MBCs)." Mycelium-based composites (MBCs) are renowned for their unique properties, making them an increasingly popular choice in various industries, particularly for applications where sustainability and environmental impact are key considerations.

The study, "Fabrication of mycelium (oyster mushroom)-based composites derived from spent coffee grounds with pineapple fiber reinforcement," has been published in Mycology.

One of the standout features of MBCs is their biodegradability. Unlike many synthetic materials, MBCs can be composted at the end of their lifecycle, breaking down into harmless, natural substances, thereby significantly reducing waste and lessening their environmental footprint.

The production process of MBCs is inherently sustainable. These composites are derived from renewable resources, as mycelium—the root structure of fungi—can be grown on various organic waste materials. This approach not only repurposes waste but also ensures that the production of MBCs is eco-friendly, consuming less energy compared to traditional plastics and synthetic materials.