Just because plastics aren’t normally environmentally friendly doesn’t mean you can’t use recycled ones. And because you can’t avoid plastics for certain shipments, recycled plastics are the next best thing. Aside from being convenient for shipping products, recycled plastics are also ridiculously cheap so can cut down freight costs for businesses, which is always good.
2. Cornstarch Packaging
This is a type of packaging that uses maize/corn. Because of the plastic properties of corn, it can be molded into whatever shape, and it will hold any type of product you need to ship. The only issue with using cornstarch is that it is derived from corn, which is what we people eat. Hence there’s a competition for one resource – corn – between the packaging and food sector. So the cost of producing cornstarch packages is a bit more expensive than other packages.
3. Seaweed Packaging
Is a gelatinous substance gotten from seaweed that can be used to form packages. Like cornstarch, seaweed is often used by the food industry to make food products like thickener. So while this can be used to package products, the high cost of producing it (because it’s demanded by two industries) makes this impractical for bulk shipping.
4. Mushroom Packaging
Another packaging alternative is mushroom packaging, and even though parts of mushroom are used to make the package, it’s the inedible portion that’s used. So this isn’t competing with the food industry for limited resources. The package is actually derived from a mix of clean agricultural waste which are then fused together with mushroom roots – usually referred to as mycelium. The mixture can then be molded into the desired shape, dried and used to ship goods.
5. Biodegradable Air Peanuts
Are a replacement for those little styrofoam pieces used to protect fragile goods. With cities like New York banning the use of styrofoam, these biodegradable peanuts are more suitable as loose fillings, especially when shipping to states that have laws against pollution.