Polyurethane is one of the most diverse and ubiquitous materials ever created by man. It's incredibly durable, cheap and used in almost every aspect of modern life. Its uses range from wood stain to packaging foam to shoe midsoles.
It's also non-biodegradable and non-recyclable.
The only option currently available is to store this waste in landfills. With the discovery of the polyurethane-waste consuming fungus Pestalotiopsis microspora, another option is possible.
According to a 1987 article from the journal Phytopath, there are an estimated 1 million different fungal species on our planet. Only about 0.1 million species have been identified - leaving possibly 900,000 species of fungi to be discovered.
The mission of Mycelio is to harness the power of the fungal kingdom to consume plastic waste - starting with polyurethane and expanding as fungal species are discovered and processed.