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India: Entrepreneur creates biodegradable thermocol from mushrooms

In today's world, convenience often takes precedence over environmental consciousness, making it crucial to find innovative solutions to replace harmful materials. One such trendsetter leading the way is Chaitanya Dubey from Kanpur. His journey of discovery has led to the creation of a biodegradable alternative to traditional thermocol.

Thermocol, which is also known as expanded polystyrene foam, has been widely used due to its lightweight and insulating properties. Its versatility has made it a popular choice in various industries, from packaging materials to school projects. However, despite its usefulness, thermocol's environmental impact can be significant. It is made up of non-biodegradable polystyrene, which can contribute to pollution and harm ecosystems when not disposed of properly. In response to this issue, Chaitanya started searching for a sustainable alternative that not only addresses the drawbacks of thermocol but also provides additional benefits.

Chaitanya has developed an eco-friendly solution that demonstrates his ingenuity and commitment to environmental protection. He has managed to create a material that has the same strength and durability as traditional thermocol by combining mushroom mycelium, agricultural waste, and natural fibers.

This biodegradable option serves a dual purpose: it acts as a packaging material and fertilizer. When disposed of, it breaks down naturally, releasing nutrients into the soil and promoting plant growth. Unlike traditional thermocol, this eco-friendly product is sustainable and enriches the soil, reducing the burden on our planet and promoting a greener future.


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