Eben Bayer is the CEO and co-founder of Ecovative Design — a group of engineers, biologists, artists and designers dedicated to the development of high-performance, environmentally conscious materials. The company was founded in 2007.
They create high-quality biodegradable materials out of the root-structure of mushrooms — Mycelium, which is capable of building macrostructures.
Their main objective is developing new types of compostable bioplastic based on mycelium. This material allows them to create versatile forms, being able to control porosity, texture, strength, resilience, fibre orientation and more.
Mycelium can also be applied to the creation of clothing and footwear.
Additionally, it is an ideal ingredient to support both plant-based and cell-based whole cuts of meat. Thus Ecovative created AtLast ™.
Bayer graduated with dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He invented the mycelium platform central to Ecovative’s technology, which enables the company to grow advanced materials.
Eben grew up on a small, multi-season farm in Vermont, which gave him deep experience in animal husbandry and agriculture. He now lives with his wife and son in an off-grid home powered by solar, a small micro-hydro system, and firewood on the outskirts of Troy, NY.Tags: bioengineering, plastic, plastic pollution, plastic solutions