Funding Friday: Grow Your Own Lampshade

I backed this project today and am excited to share it with all of you.


Comments (Archived):

  1. jason wright

    grow and glow.nice project. if i needed a lampshade…

  2. JimHirshfield

    Interesting. I always knew you were a fungi.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      If he makes a hat out of it then I’ll give him the title of a fungi!

      1. JimHirshfield

        I think you’re pushing your morels on the rest of us.

        1. Salt Shaker

          That would be way too cremini, no?

      2. Vasudev Ram

        And now we can make freely make those bets about eating our hats – win or lose, no problem.

        1. Lawrence Brass

          During a humid night this thing could probably crawl and eat your socks.

          1. Salt Shaker

            “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was my immediate reaction.

    2. jason wright


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  4. Matt A. Myers

    Another great crowdfunding project you should all check out is Cards to the Heart -…”Question cards that encourage conversations to deepen friendships and relationships.”The project’s nearly half funded with 26 days to go – it could still use some more love!I bought a 4-pack as the heart cards will be a really great gift – good for couples and families.P.S. I don’t know the project creator and have no connection to him or the project – though I hope it gets enough pledges so I’ll get my cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Geoff Jones

    Wonder if the fruit will grow too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Vendita Auto

    Sorry I don’t get this / or the price point go plant something anywhere refuse packaging in the store. People build mud huts to live in using the power of the sun !!!

  7. awaldstein

    Like it but…Vague on whether this is pet safe. Which means that if they are not saying it is, it isn’t.Not for me then.

    1. PhilipSugar

      My wife keeps a menagerie. We have a rabbit hutch, ferret cage, lizards and an Akita. We had a boxer to but she sadly got lymphoma.You do have to watch. I would feed the Akita some of my lamb kebobs, he loved them, but I noticed he would wretch the day after.What a dumb ass am I. They are allergic to onions and garlic. Never knew. I know people will say don’t feed them people food but he loves it so much. I cook his with no spice.

      1. awaldstein

        You are a good person my friend.We need a visit sometime I think.

        1. PhilipSugar

          We live in a harbor town. We had a feral cat have a litter under my deck for the last eight weeks. I cannot have cats (allergic)We had to trap them but they all went to a farm where they love cats. The reason for the one small cage was that one did want to get caughtI paid to have the mother spayedMy Akita is very happy. He has nothing but hate in his heart for cats. A big Tom gave him a whooping and he hates https://uploads.disquscdn.c

          1. awaldstein

            My samthecat was a feral.Now the most spoiled wonderful (and smartest) cat who lives on the 25th floor and tries to run into other peoples apartments and the elevator.

          2. PhilipSugar

            Look at that yellow/orange one looking at me at the back of the cage: He/She always would look at me. Notice the food: Starkist Tuna or Salmon.They are in a good place. They went here first: they are a high end vet.That mother was pissed off. I did not look as they got her from the cage. There was some sort of noose involved. She got her shots and was spayed. I had no desire to open that door to the cage.

    2. Shane Boland

      100% safe for pets and humans ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€˜ve eaten it myself

  8. PhilipSugar

    Is there a company that makes these videos? They seem to have the same feel (they are awesome) I would like to hire them for a couple of projects.

    1. Vasudev Ram

      Yes, I thought the video was of good quality too.

    2. Shane Boland

      Hi Philip,I work at Ecovative and helped work on this campaign. I will gladly put you in touch with our videographer!Shoot me an email [ shane at ecovativedesign dot com ]

  9. Tracey Jackson

    I think it’s fantastic. And it shines a great light (pardon the pun) on what our future can be if we are more attentive and try and link arms with the natural world and not the chemical one.

    1. Alex Wolf

      see my comment above

  10. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:Unbelievable! Human life verse lampshade.Focus!

  11. pointsnfigures

    Can you wear it at office holiday parties?

    1. Stephan Frรถde

      Of course…

  12. jschless

    I think this project is awesome. I recently came across another company using mycelium in packaging (along with other creative ideas) —

  13. Jason Peterson

    This is super weird, but interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder if the molds are biodegradeable

  14. Alex Wolf

    โ€œWhat if we could look to the natural world to understand how things are made. To understand how nature creates. And what If we too could create using these same principles, just like nature.โ€I could run their video intro for the Pattern Alphabet at na2ure. Except the Pattern ABC teaches children to see how nature builds everything starting as early as preschool.Yes โ€” learn how nature grows. Grow lampshades and more! Itโ€™s the future, hopefully.I hope to have educated the next wave of growers, by planting the seeds of patterns in how they see the world.

    1. Anne Libby

      Yes — may the work that all of you good people are doing save the next generations from having to deal with oceanic islands of plastic garbage and other abominations.

    2. Kirsten Lambertsen

      We should make a Threes-style game from your pattern alphabet ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        Sorta like this which I find addictive (as do my kids!)

      2. Alex Wolf

        Always open to ideas. I have a mobile app in progress for 8-30 months old which is actually age appropriate.

        1. Kirsten Lambertsen

          Oh cool! Sounds like a dinner is in order to get caught up!

    3. Ana Milicevic

      It’s so important to learn to appreciate the patterns of nature as early as possible — so many objects that are manufactured today can be grown in the future: sustainably, ethically, close to where they’re needed & w/ minimal environmental impacts. If we’re able to teach kids (like with the wonderful work you’ve been doing) this over the currently prevalent culture of the disposable we’ll be better off as a society.Here’s to the growers <3

      1. Alex Wolf

        It would be great to see all of the above Ana, and have it spring from respect for animals, plants and resources.

  15. Richard

    Fred, I may be a little sensitive here (and I’m sure you hadn’t thought through this fully) but let’s just say it’s a little insensitive to bring up making a lampshade of out a living organism on the eve of yom kipper.That said, feel free to delete his comment after reading.

    1. No_Idolatry_Please

      Apparently according to halacha Fred is not Jewish. If that is the case, he is bound by Noahide laws, not Jewish laws.This topic is a thinly veiled argument in favor pantheism which is a type of avoda zara (idolatry) and therefore strictly prohibited by halacha.

  16. SFG

    I won’t be buying one of these anytime soon!

  17. Consider_Halacha

    So-called rabbis in the Reform and Conservative movements wantonly violate halacha. According to halacha they are unable to convert a non-Jew.If Fred were “converted” within the Reform or Conservative movements, such a “conversion” would have no halachic standing whatsoever.

    1. creative group

      Consider_Halacha:We know! Awaiting the questioner to Fred.

  18. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Mushrooms! Been seeing this guy at tree-hugger conferences for 15+ years ๐Ÿ™‚ 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World:

    1. PhilipSugar

      Well you missed the Mushroom Capital of the World Festival where I live: I don’t recall seeing him there.

  19. sigmaalgebra

    Uh, there are some reasons for lampshades, and the ones grown from mushroom stuff look like they don’t meet any of the reasons.First Reason: Make the light source physically larger and less intense per square inch.Second Reason: Reflect over half the light to a specific direction.The mushroom shade will just absorb light.

  20. Erin

    This would be so great for classrooms.

  21. PhilipSugar

    It really is a good time. Not too far from you. And they say we produce more and more different kind of Mushrooms than anybody else (don’t know if that is a true fact) but I do know the owner of a big Mushroom Company that has houses here and in Oregon.The best part about this is the profits go to charities and scholarships for the people that work in the houses.It truly is a shitty job, that is literal choice of words. They take the waste from the horse and chicken farms, compost it with a straw they grow here and then steam it with past mushroom soil for the button mushrooms. For others like the Oyster ones, they mix in oak chips. Wednesday is the traditional mix day where they turn over the compost. You can smell it.They take the soil after it has been used mix it into topsoil and then screen it and call it super soil. It is what fills my raised bed garden and greenhouse along with a thin coat on the yard. Grows things like you cannot believe.

  22. Annie Feldman

    Speaking of great kickstarters, check out my colleague’s kickstarter: STEM for kids 6 and up…