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Measuring the environmental impact, during start-up and scaling phases, with a LCA

The challenge

Studio Cartier creates a biobased product made from mycelium, known as MYMO. Mycelium, the underground fungal threads of mushrooms, offers versatile possibilities for fiberboards, isolation, building blocks, furniture, and more. For MYMO, this material is combined with hemp fillings and a wooden frame to create a building material that can be used for wall finishing, insulation, or partition walls.

As part of the bio-based scaling project of het Woningbouwaterlier in the Natural Pavilion, Studio Cartier has had the opportunity to conduct an ex-ante LCA.

The approach

Hedgehog Company opted for an ex-ante Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to understand the environmental impact during the start-up and scaling phases. This approach enables Studio Cartier to gain insight into key environmental aspects and explore various scenarios for sustainable scaling.

The result

The ECI (Environmental Cost Indicator) of 1 m² MYMO amounts to €0.58. The largest contribution comes from the production phase, namely €0.50. This phase includes raw materials, transportation to the production location, and production steps. Based on the environmental profile, different scenarios were created. For instance, a future scenario with 80% reuse of MYMO modules shows a lower ECI of €0.15, partly due to renewed life cycles through reuse.

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"MYMO is currently in a start-up/scale-up phase, and that's why we consciously chose an ex-ante LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). This approach allows Studio Cartier to identify key hotspots and explore different scenarios. This enables them to make informed decisions regarding environmental impact while scaling up their production."
Saro Campisano
Co-founder Hedgehog Company
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