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Community Update January 2nd, 2018: What is

Shane Boland

The way humans create, is changing. More and more people are beginning to incorporate biology-based products into their daily lives. Companies like Orbella Moss are selling fragrant mosses to replace traditional air fresheners. BioMason is growing bacteria-based bricks to help displace CO2 emissions in the cement industry. These are no longer just neat ideas. These aren’t just products that will be available in a few years. These companies are building products that real people are using *today*. The change is happening right in front of us. The world is transitioning to using biomaterials instead of petroleum-based toxic crap. *Grow-It-Yourself →* At Ecovative, we’ve seen massive appeal for our mycelium-based Grow-It-Yourself kits. Our customers use this material to do research, start businesses, and create amazing projects like these: [Tom Sippel’s Letters](tomsippelecovativegrowityourselfhahaletters.jpg) [Ben from Kean University - Mycelium Guitar](benkeanuniversitygrowityourselfmyceliumguitar.jpg) [Marita Sauerwein from TU Delft - Stool](tudelftmaritasa,uer weingrowityourselfstool.jpg) [Danielle Trofe Handmade Planters](danielletrofegrowityourselfplantershandmade.jpg) In order to better support this growing biomaterials community, we have decided to expand and re-launch our Grow-It-Yourself product line as its own entity called Ecovative will still be selling the same GIY material and kits that you’ve come to love, but they will now be located at []( will also have a dedicated team available to answer the community’s questions and comments Monday-Friday 9-5 EST. The website will include the following features: *SHOP:* A place for you to buy the raw materials and tools you’ll need to grow with biomaterials *LEARN:* Tutorials and guides to help you hone your craft *COMMUNITY:* Showcase your project, get feedback, ask questions, share research, and collaborate with other members *When Can I Buy the Products?* Kits are coming soon...just kidding, you can [buy one right now]( *Got a Question?* We have carefully decided to make this a very OPEN community. Please talk to us. We are here to help! Have a question or feedback? [Email us]( or drop a comment below.