Cardboard packaging that you can bury in your backyard and plants grow! Cool green innovation
Imagine you order something from your favorite website or mail-order company. You can't wait for it to arrive and when it finally does you tear through the cardboard box and toss it aside. At best it gets recycled, but what if instead you could bury it in your backyard and a tree would grow in its place!

Well that is exactly what Paul Stamets, mircobiologist and mushroom entrepreneur envisions. His latest innovation is the LifeBox, a cardboard packaging material that contains mycelium spores and tree seeds. The mycelium helps breakdown the cardboard and also nourishes the budding plant.

Once delivered, a regular cardboard box dies at your doorstep, so to speak. The conventional brown box serves only the purpose of delivering a product. The Life Box is not just a box: it is a teaching tool that unfolds into a continuing, life-long experience. It empowers individuals with the ability to sequester carbon by planting trees and making a positive difference. The Life Box has ‘legs’, or more aptly trees, which will remind the receiver for years to come of their own environmental awareness, and that of the company who shipped it.

Paul Stamets company, Fungi Perfecti is in the process of partnering with wholesalers and retailers nationwide to bring the power of this idea to fruition. They also sell them on the Fungi Perfecti website.