Ecovative Opens Access to Patent for Plastic-Free Mycelium Materials in Europe

PPC Business Member Ecovative announced today that it is opening access to a major European patent to all individuals and businesses who wish to use its MycoComposite™ mycelium materials in their own innovations and businesses in Europe. The renewable MycoComposite material offers a nontoxic and more planet-friendly alternative to plastics and other fossil fuel–derived materials made from compostable and regenerative mushroom mycelium.

Ecovative’s MycoComposite material enables the manufacturing of products that are free of forever chemicals (PFAS) and other toxic substances too commonly found in household products, like formaldehyde. Ecovative’s patent outlines a strategic blueprint for the creation of eco-friendly and renewable mushroom mycelium composites—and makes it available to others to use. 

In 2023, Plastic Pollution Coalition nominated Ecovative to be considered for the prestigious Earthshot Prize, which aims to infuse more optimism into solving today’s biggest environmental challenges by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about positive change, and inspire collective action.

Mushroom Mycelium is a More People- and Planet-Friendly Choice

Ecovative’s MycoComposite is made of mycelium grown on unused parts of plants, such as hemp scraps, that would otherwise be wasted by the agriculture industry. As a material, MycoComposite requires reduced inputs of energy, water, and other precious resources compared to other material options. It is a non-toxic option for replacing single-use materials, which can help reduce climate-warming CO2 emissions and other pollution across a wide range of industries.

The European Open Patent Program for MycoComposite is intended to encourage innovation in plastic-free products. The patent is already in use around the world in protective packaging, construction materials, architecture, and innovative applications to replace petrochemical use. Several successful businesses have already been launched using MycoComposite, notably Loop Biotech, which makes mycelium coffins and urns.

Loop Biotech has seen firsthand the huge demand for innovative, planet-friendly solutions enabled by mycelium materials. I started this company to help humanity leave a positive footprint on the Earth, which is only possible when we collaborate with living organisms like fungi.

— Bob Hendrikx, founder of Loop Biotech

How to Collaborate with Ecovative

A sharp rise of interest in Europe for entrepreneurial applications of MycoComposite make it a good place for testing the potential of open access patents to spur an increase in innovations and businesses around mycelium technology. MycoComposite licensing and partnership opportunities will continue to be available outside of Europe. The company owns numerous patents and patent applications related to mycelium manufacturing and product development globally.

The goal of Ecovative has always been to provide the ‘picks and shovels’ for a new generation of businesses realizing the potential of mycelium technology. The growing demand for environmentally beneficial products and processes is creating immense new opportunities not to reinvent the wheel, but to change what the wheel is made of, and we’re excited to see the new discoveries and scalable solutions made with this versatile technology, for the benefit of Spaceship Earth.

— Eben Bayer, Ecovative co-founder and CEO

Learn more about how sustainable businesses can get involved with the open MycoComposite European patent and find out what it means for the future of mycelium materials. And take action in your own life to refuse single-use plastic.


October 5 , 8:00 am 6:00 pm EDT

The Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit brings together business leaders and investors globally to drive innovation and scale best practices in sustainable business and finance.

Amid economic uncertainty, geopolitical challenges and ever-changing regulations, companies are under pressure to drive business value and meet their ambitious ESG goals. Join us in New York for a day of solutions-driven discussions and community building.

July 31 , 8:00 am 5:00 pm EDT

Join a virtual tour of PPC Business Member Ecovative’s new “Mushroom Packaging” facilities to mark the end of Plastic Free July, and in the interest of raising awareness about the problem of plastic pollution, and the current availability of real solutions like Mushroom Packaging.

July 20 , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

Join the ReThink Disposable team and special guests for a discussion on reducing plastic pollution by switching businesses, institutions, and organizations to reusable foodware!

Plastic Pollution Coalition and Oceanic Global have partnered to help mitigate the plastic pollution crisis. The two NGOs, which have historically each offered aligned programs focused on transitioning businesses and industries away from plastics globally, are now working together to further establish and incentivize universal adoption of plastic-free and other environmentally responsible business practices. 

Plastic Pollution Coalition is now offering its Business Members additional verification through Oceanic Global’s Blue Standard (Blue), a cross-industry standard that empowers businesses to eliminate plastic pollution and adopt comprehensive sustainability measures that protect our blue planet.

The Blue Standard

As an independent Blue Consulting Partner, Plastic Pollution Coalition offers tangible recognition to qualifying Business Members for meeting Blue’s requirements and for the leadership they have already demonstrated in meeting Plastic Pollution Coalition’s robust Criteria for Business Membership. The synergistic alignment will optimize the unique strengths and offerings of both organizations and ultimately help catalyze positive change towards a just, equitable future free of plastic pollution.

We are excited to partner with Oceanic Global to offer their Blue Standard Verification Program to our network of Business Members around the world demonstrating exemplary leadership in reducing their plastic footprint. Our partnership will uplift businesses prioritizing a healthy planet, thereby leveraging the Blue Standard to reward collective action towards a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts.

 Dianna Cohen, Co-founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition

Helping Businesses Address an Urgent Global Crisis

Plastic has been found in the deepest parts of the ocean, on the highest peaks of mountains, in our drinking water, and even in our blood. Plastic pollution is one of the largest growing threats to our health and well being, as well as that of our ocean and the entirety of our blue planet. Despite the growing awareness of the plastic pollution crisis and its impacts on both human and planetary health, year after year, industries create more plastic than ever before—and without intervention, the demand for new plastic is only expected to increase into the future. 

With the need to end plastic pollution only growing more urgent and apparent, the two NGOs are taking their long-standing relationship a step further by collaborating on efforts to transition businesses and industries away from unnecessary use of this toxic, everlasting material. Verifying Plastic Pollution Coalition Business Members through the Blue Standard will not only help to recognize their responsible business leadership, but will also help to solidify universally applicable parameters and recognizable standards for the effective reduction of plastic across businesses and industries at large. 

Business as usual is devastating our planet. We need industries to become agents of change. One of our goals in developing the Blue Standard was to help transition businesses of all sizes transition away from using plastics with the larger goal of helping to curb demand for the manufacture of new plastics overall. We are thrilled to be working with Plastic Pollution Coalition, a longtime partner and pioneering organization in the movement against plastic pollution, to complement the existing work of their coalition and to catalyze streamlined efforts that help stop plastic pollution at the source.

Lea d’Auriol Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global

The Blue Standard was developed together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board and trained experts in both WELL and LEED building rating systems, as a timely response to the impending threat of Climate Change and the increasing demand for transparent industry action. Blue has verified the sustainability achievements of 480+ across 35 countries, and its criteria has helped shape over 7 plastic-free policies to date. Plastic Pollution Coalition’s expansive global alliance includes more than 1,300 organizations and businesses, and more than 14,000 individuals who have the shared goal of helping to create a more just, equitable, regenerative world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts. While a powerful first step in aligning mutual efforts, the partnership between Oceanic Global and Plastic Pollution Coalition is just one example of the extensive collaboration needed to empower widespread action in the face of the plastic pollution crisis.

Take Action

Does your business or organization align with our mission to build a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts? Apply to join our global movement.

Are you already a Plastic Pollution Coalition Business Member? Learn how to apply for Blue verification here

June 13 , 8:30 am June 14 , 4:00 pm EDT

A 2-day event in the nation’s capital – one day of speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities followed by a day of lobbying

While capitalism remains a dynamic force, challenges such as income inequality, crumbling infrastructure, market consolidation, climate change, underinvestment, and the over financialization of America’s economy pose serious threats to America’s continued global leadership and domestic stability. The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is leading the business transition from prioritizing shareholders to stakeholders, with a focus on corporate culture, fair compensation, equitable ownership, disclosure, and the careful measurement of business impacts. We need transformative public policy as well as bottom-up organizational changes based on serving the needs of all stakeholders. Such is our task and challenge.

ASBN is convening a Policy Summit in Washington D.C. that will feature a full day of conference programming on topical policy issues. ASBN members will also be able to participate in a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill. We will bring together stakeholders from across our network to continue important conversations outlined in our newly revised report, Creating an Economic System that Works for All (to be released for the conference). Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with the Biden Administration leaders, network with fellow leaders in business and regenerative capital, and discuss important policy messages at a key moment on Capitol Hill.

Held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, in Washington, D.C., 901 G Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001

Ticket prices: $145-$2,795