Everybody hates styrofoam peanuts...right? They're messy and accumulate in our landfills without any hope
of degrading and dissapearing over time.
Now, the company Ecovative has come up with a packaging material that uses the inedible by-products from grains, and adds a fungus that feeds upon it (without any water). This fungus creates a dense fiber after 5-7 days that is then dried using high temperatures and Voila! you have a strong packing material that will biodegrade over time.
Ecovative is now working with Ford-- who is coming out with a car that will replace it standard bumpers, side doors and dashboards with a similar fungus based biodegradable foam that will replace all of their petroleum base plastics.
Now, this maybe a little in left field as far as your next furniture purchase --but this modern wooden bench by Shinwei Rhoda Yen has it's own built in non-toxic, biodegradable mechanism.
How you might ask? It's actually has mushrooms growing on it..
(images from Tree Hugger)
Hmm.. Maybe as an outdoor garden bench.
On another note, I don't know how comfortable this chair is, but I really love this idea.
(image from Grass Roots Modern)
And lastly, this lamp is created from the empty cartons found in Toffifay candy.
Looks cool doesn't it? I wonder if it still smells like chocolate when you turn it on...
(Toffifee Lamp from We Upcycle)