These “toadstools” as they are called in Canada may be the future of building materials, having been made of oyster mushroom spores and sawdust.

The bricks were developed by the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. The group have been working to develop sustainable building materials. The researchers believe mushrooms could be used widely for insulation in North America. Mushrooms make a biodegradable structural alternative.

The researchers weren’t the first to discover the potential of mushrooms. In 2014 a U based design and engineering consultant unveiled a mushroom tower in New York.

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