In the Ecuadorian rain forest, they’ve found the first fungus species able to survive exclusively on polyurethane. Polyurethane doesn’t degrade naturally. Scientists have found Pestalotiopsis microspora, a polyurethane eating mushroom. Found by a group of Yale students, the mushroom can live off of polyurethane exclusively, even without oxygen! Amazing!
Also, a couple of college friends discovered that the sticky substance on the bottom of mushrooms called mycelium could be turned into a glue and when that glue is combined with corn husks and other food byproducts it takes on a form similar to Styrofoam. Their company, Ecovative wants used Styrofoam to become mulch, not waste.
Watch a video about these magic mushrooms here.
Chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but for the children working in slavery conditions in cacao fields across West Africa’s Ivory Coast, the reality behind it is anything but sweet. Check out this great article: The bitter truth behind the chocolate in your Easter basket.