Mushroom Packaging for Maple Syrup

In the summer newsletter Tom wrote an article about the new mushroom packaging we will start to use for shipping syrup. In case you didn’t see the article, a copy of it is here: 

Many of you are aware that we are in the process of making our maple syrup packaging and shipping more sustainable. Last year, we moved away from plastic containers for our organic maple syrup and are now using glass containers. The next step was to find a more sustainable shipping product than even the recyclable foam peanuts.

Over the past few years, we have cultivated a relationship with Ecovative Design, LLC, of Green Island, N.Y. The company designs Mushroom ® Packaging, which is made from agricultural waste material infused with fungal mycelium (root-like structure). We are very close to finalizing the design specifics of a sustainable, high-performing, molded shipping container manufactured by Ecovative and designed to fit our glass syrup bottles.

The result of this collaboration between MFFC and Ecovative will be the first use of Mushroom ® Packaging in the Maple Industry, and it will lead to our organic syrup product being stored in a recyclable container and shipped in stable organic packaging, which can be home-composted or used as garden mulch.  It is our organization’s intent to convert entirely to this innovative approach and to work with sugar makers across the U.S. and Canada to adopt its use as well.

Ecovative’s products are currently used to ship numerous items, including components for major computer companies. Mushroom ® Packaging products also offer a high R-Value for use as an insulating material, which is stable when kept dry, and is highly fire resistant as well (R-Value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power).  MFFC is exploring the possibility of using the material in the construction of a new cabin at Clark’s Clearing.

We are very excited to be at the forefront of this initiative and would love to hear from you when you see the packaging in your shipments from Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Inc. later this year.

We have started to use the packaging for the gallons and half gallons. Inside your package you will find a paper that describes some of the reasons for the change. We are inviting your feedback though on the change. Please let us know, good or bad, what you think.