Spotlight On: The Lifebox Company

Need a box to mail those handmade reusable panty liners to a friend? Well, why not cut down on your packing-material guilt by shipping them in a Life Box™:

The Life Box™ was invented by Paul Stamets, mycologist, author and founder of Fungi Perfecti®, LLC. The Life Box™ suite of products builds upon the synergy of fungi and plants by infusing spores and seeds together inside of packaging materials that can be planted.

The Tree Life Box™ is made of recycled paper fiber. In this fiber, we have inserted a wide variety of tree seeds, up to a hundred, dusted with mycorrhizal fungal spores. The mycorrhizal fungi protect and nurture the young seedlings. For millions of years, plants and beneficial fungi have joined together in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.

The fungi “sprout” or germinate to form an attachment with root cells and extend into the soil with a network of fine cobweb of cells called mycelium. The mycelium mothers the seed nursery by providing nutrients and water, thus protecting the growing trees from disease, drought, and famine.

You can get started by simply tearing up the box, planting in soil, and watering. For a more detailed planting guide you can consult the Growing Instructions included with your box—and also available online—where we provide tips to help your Life Box™ flourish.

Pretty amazing, huh? In March 2010, the Life Box™ won the Green Packy Award for Responsible Packaging. It really is unbelievable the way everyday products are elaborately, and wastefully, packaged…

Also, you’d probably be surprised to learn, paper is not always better when compared to plastic or even Styrofoam – anyone remember the debate over McDonald’s switching to cardboard packaging? Facts can be stranger than (media-frenzied) fiction…

Lifebox photo from The Lifebox Company
McDonald’s news tip courtesy of Nicole Caldwell

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One thought on “Spotlight On: The Lifebox Company

  1. Great topic here.
    Work of many people on this issue of plastic, there are several plastic materials recycling organic-based view. In February, for example, Imperial College London and bioceramic drug polymer biodegradable plastic from sugar derived from the decay of lignocellulosic biomass. There is also an existing plant more corn starch and plastics based on paper, including household goods and food packaging, bioplastics toys, plastic dynamic Cereplast. Metabolix also several lines of plastic products from corn, in cooperation with partner companies.

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