Diane Pham

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

by , 10/30/10

sustainable design, green design, packaging the future, green packaging, styrofoam, environmental design, biodegradable packaging

By now we’re all privy to the environmental pitfalls that come with using styrofoam – so why in the world is this material still so prevalent? Known to boast a biodegradability factor of just about zero, styrofoam is also incredible toxic to produce, has the potential to damage delicate ecological systems, contributes to ozone depletion, leaches chemicals into food – and the list goes on. Fortunately for us, there are a number of innovative companies developing more eco-friendly alternatives, ready to send this outdated disaster material packing its not-so-green bags! If you want the deets on the next big things in green packaging, jump ahead!

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  1. matt.limbago October 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    There is actually a development of mycelium-based packaging, mycelium being the root system of mushrooms. Check it out, the product speaks for itself http://www.ted.com/talks/eben_bayer_are_mushrooms_the_new_plastic.html

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