#tdih 1847, several hundred citizens of Marshall, Michigan, helped Adam and Sarah Crosswhite and their children escape from being kidnapped and forced back into human bondage. This case led to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 to make this type of humanity and solidarity illegal.
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In 2007, mechanical engineer Eben Bayer and a friend invented a new kind of packaging material. What makes the stuff unusual is that it’s fully recyclable: It’s made from organic material like wood chips or cornhusks, held together by mycelium, the threadlike structures made by a fungus, such as a mushroom.
Bayer’s idea has caught the imagination of a lot of other people. Now the CEO of a company he co-founded, Evocative Design, he was called a tech pioneer by the World Economic Forum several years ago, was on Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list in 2015 and has been recognized for his work’s environmental quality by the Environmental Protection Agency. Large companies like Dell and Ikea have used his packaging to ship their products.
Watch this video, narrated by Bayer, to hear how he developed the idea for his mycelium packaging.
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