Belgium - Lumifungi

Mushroom-based lampshades, grown on recycled coffee grounds

Lampshades whose colour and texture mimic the mushrooms that generated them are a new example of eco-design. As consumers, designers and companies are increasingly considering eco-minded solutions, a Belgian project shows how to grow oyster mushrooms from recycled coffee grounds and use the leftovers to bring about eco-conscious design elements.

The enterprise, called PermaFungi, began to produce in 2014 and now produces one tonne of oyster mushrooms per month, resulting from the recycling of 5 tonnes of coffee grounds.

The leftovers of this organic production are then recycled and are the main ingredient for the mushroom-based material which creates the innovative lampshades. They were created two years ago by Belgian designer, Caroline Pultz, in collaboration with PermaFungi.

Pultz's project is called Lumifungi. The designer says the mushroom-based material the lamps are made of has a very versatile nature; it can also be turned into flower pots, be used for packaging, acoustic insulation and can even replace construction bricks.


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