Packing material is no friend to the environment. Energy intensive to produce, it often ends up in landfill after a single use. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das looks at some greener compostable options for protecting your packages.
The Future Of... Packaging
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Packing material is no friend to the environment. Energy intensive to produce, it often ends up in landfill after a single use. SmartPlanet correspon...
Jul 27, 2010
Amway has been using the starch-based peanuts since the 90's. I remember being amazed at first seeing them dissolve in water. I'm surprised companies still use the styrofoam peanuts.
The starch-based packing peanuts were invented at the Univ. of MO (Ag Engeering?) in the early 90's, along w/ starch-based "plastic"-ware eating utensils.
Interesting, but not really innovative. I also have a problem with some of the propagandistic terms used. "Damaging Carbon" was one example. Carbon Dioxide is not a harmful evil gas; it is part of the normal chain of life. Without it; none of us would be here. The emission of large amounts of carbon dioxide without a proper absorption sink is more of an issue. None of the solutions presented in this segment however address the packaging problem; only transfer the energy loss to other sources. Our company, for example, looked into the waste created by packaging and discovered a simple solution; put the products in reusable packabing made of recycled/recyclable material; this keeps the waste out of the landfill longer, and reduces overall pollution (undesired or misplaced waste).
Good ideas for the environment. I hope someone is working on replacing those dangerous and difficult to open plastic covers that are used in way to many products. I bet I have many people who agree with me. Suggestion bio degradable cardboard and the items shown in the clip. Fritz Tallian