Much of the plastic we produce ends up in the environment

But what if it was possible to use intelligent machines and 3D printing to locally recycle plastic waste into something useful?

We believe it’s time to transition towards a circular economy.

We believe there are ways to utilize robots, AI, 3D printing and recycling technologies to help transition towards a circular economy.

Circular Plastic:
Utilizing plastic identification and sorting technologies–combined with 3D printing and chemical decomposition–we can not only help close the loop on plastic production and consumption but clean plastic from the environment. Eventually, we hope such technologies can be combined into an outdoor 3D printing and recycling vending machine where anyone can get something 3D Printed from–depositing a plastic bottle (or a different plastic 3D print) to pay for it. These machines can make anything. Connecting those 3D printing vending machines to a digital wallet–and a network of trashcans that automatically identify and sort trash into recyclables–enables people to be credited for depositing that trash, and spend those credits at the 3D printer. This incentivizes cleaning the environment, and a circular plastic production economy.

Circular Food:
Imagine if robotic gardens used rotational aquaponics to grow hyper-local ingredients–coupled with a robotic chef to turn it into an edible masterpiece. Now imagine that food production system connected to a network of other food production systems, creating an Internet of Food. The exchange of robotically-grown food can enable the systems to pay for themselves. Those same systems can plant permaculture food forests, which can help integrate into the network of food–creating an Internet of Food. 

Internet of Food

We formed this non-profit to

Build and distribute open source machines that recycle, 3D printers that produce goods from recycled waste, robots that produce food and the education for how to use those resources. By distributing both the machines that produce products from waste and the education for how to use those machines, we hope to empower people around the world to begin creating products locally, while also contributing to cleaning the environment.

We do the research and development on various projects within our non-profit: 

Then share what we learn publicly through our initiative to Support Public Outreach, Resources and Education:

Check out our Projects Page to see everything we’re working on!

About

It’s time to transition towards a circular economy.

We believe everyone deserves the right to access the knowledge and equipment to turn their product ideas into reality; because the right tools in the right hands can change the world. So we’ve gathered local experts, makers, artists, and teachers to distribute resources and education to empower the public to begin producing locally, cleaning the environment in the process.

As our environment continues to accumulate plastic in landfills, we are pressured to find a solution for the waste. We think it’s time to begin transforming the way people think about waste–starting with plastic.

Mycelium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed mid-2018 with a mission to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, and empower people to create their own goods using technology like robotics, AI, and 3D Printing.

As a result, we have a variety of projects and programs around this mission; from open source R&D projects aimed at tackling plastic waste in the environment, to building machines that automatically identify and sort waste, to hosting classes and events on 3D Printing.

See our Projects Page to view all of our current and planned projects.

Our 3D Printing educational resources and open source plans are shared through our SPORE initiative.