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Ecovative Leading Fungi Food and Biomaterial Revolution with Mycelium Technologies 

Materials science company Ecovative has recently announced Forager – a division focused on designing, marketing, and manufacturing vegan materials for the fashion and automotive industries. With Ecovative leading the mycelium revolution in food and biomaterials, vegconomist takes a look at the growing business network of the company with Eben Bayer at the helm.


Mycelium pioneer Ecovative has set up Forager to advance next-generation biomaterials such as plastic-free, leather-like materials and foams, made from mycelium rather than animals or petroleum. Utilizing Ecovative’s AirMycelium technology, Forager will produce large sheets of pure mycelium material at a commercial scale for a range of fashion applications.

Ecovative Co-founder and CCO Gavin McIntyre will present Forager at the Materials Innovation Initiative Conference in May, 2022. “Forager is launching at a moment when consumers and brands alike are eager for the next step in sustainable materials,” stated Nicole Rawling, Co-Founder and CEO of the Materials Innovation Initiative.

MyForest Foods Mycelium Bacon

MyForest Foods

Having recently rebranded from Atlast Food to MyForest Foods, the Ecovative spinoff has previously secured over $100 million from investors including Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition Ventures. The flagship product is a fungi-based bacon produced through proprietary AirMycelium cultivation.

The company is currently upscaling production following a partnership with Whitecrest Mushrooms which will bring its first MyBacon strips to market in 2022.  “The forest, philosophically and physically, is where we hail from, so this felt like a natural move. ‘From the forest. For the future,’ our new company tagline, captures our essence and purpose,” commented CEO Eben Bayer on the rebranding.

Ecovative Medium


Made with two simple ingredients – hemp hurd and mycelium – Ecovative’s packaging products use minimal resources and contain zero man-made chemicals, and then break down into compost at the end of their lifecycle. The styrofoam alternative upcycles hemp hurd – a byproduct of the fiber hemp industry- providing structure for mycelium to form a solid composite form that is light, strong, fire, and water-resistant. 

Ecovative has raised over $100 million in capital to power the development of the company’s mycelium foundry which will allow it to dramatically increase and speed up production to an industrial scale.

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