For a cat, I’m fairly eco-conscious. I eat sustainable fish, I use cat litter made from corn (a wonderfully multipurpose crop), and I never buy anything that would end up in a landfill, so my carbon footprint is close to zero.
So naturally my tail started to wag when I saw the EcoCradle wine bottle shipper made out of mushrooms and crop waste. Now let me emphasize one thing: I am not a fan of the fungus, except only when its character embodies a wine. However, my appreciation for the spongy spore has since changed: EcoCradle is 100 percent biodegradable and takes less energy to make than Styrofoam, according to the manufacturer Ecovative Design.
Plus, the shipper is a great way to utilize the “shroom,” a delicacy to some but a mere creepy toadstool to me that evokes images of gnomes—mischievous, tiny, stout mythical sprites that occupy the subterranean terrior of the forest. The only forest terrior I care about is that which I find in a Pinot Noir—one that evokes aromas of damp forest floor, dry leaves and, what else, mushrooms.
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