Plastic is everywhere. It's easy to see why – it's light, strong, flexible, and cheap. The number of products it comprises is astronomical, and so is its impact on the environment. Plastics are not biodegradable, sticking around for hundreds of years (or longer) in landfills, rivers, lakes, and oceans. For perspective, the World Economic Forum predicts that the plastics in the ocean will outweigh all the fish by 2050. At that time, plastics may drive 20% of oil demand and represent 15% of the carbon budget. It will be one of the most significant contributors to the climate crisis.  

Recycling is an attractive option for many. But unfortunately, most "recyclable" plastics never see the inside of a facility - they pollute the beaches and waterways of developing nations instead. Enter the mushroom.  

While many have pointed out that some fungi possess the uncanny ability to "digest" plastics and, therefore, could help "biodegrade" them faster, others suggest they could have a different role – as a replacement. This article will explore how the unique properties of fungus make it a stand-out substitute for some plastics, lowering demand and helping to solve the climate crisis.