“Biomaterials” is used to describe any organic materials that are extracted from ecosystems, including but not limited to, wood, mushrooms, edible berries, and plant sap in terrestrial ecosystems and algae in aquatic ecosystems. From a life cycle perspective, MTU Biomaterials Initiative seeks to address the extraction these materials from ecosystems without compromising their integrity, the processing of these materials to fully utilize the resource, the marketing- regionally, nationally, and globally, and the recycling of these “green materials” back through ecosystems.