One Day, Your Home Could Be Made With Mushrooms

Mushrooms are helping architects and engineers solve one of the world’s biggest crises: climate change. These fungi are durable, biodegradable, and are proving to be a good alternative to more polluting materials. Building materials and construction make up about a tenth of global carbon dioxide emissions. That’s way more than the global shipping and aviation industries combined, and the problem is getting worse. Materials made with mycelium — the fungal network from which mushrooms grow — might be able to help turn that around. They produce far less planet-heating carbon dioxide than traditional materials like cement. They’re also biodegradable, so they leave behind less harmful waste than traditional building materials. Construction materials made from mushrooms are still in pretty early stages of research and development, but they’re showing potential as an insulation material and even as a replacement for concrete blocks.