Gallery: Packaging the Future: Could Paper Take Plastic’s Place?


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  1. lazyreader May 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Isn’t paper heavier than plastic. That’s why we use Styrofoam packing peanuts. One proposal was to use popcorn as a substitute for packing peanuts. But that proved much heavier. In the early 1990s, starch-based packing peanuts were developed as a more environmentally friendly alternative. The starch in the peanuts comes from crop-based sources rather than petroleum-based polystyrene, and is non-toxic. One of the first brands of biodegradable peanuts, Biofoam, is made from the grain sorghum or corn starches. Being biodegradable and nontoxic, they are also safe for humans and pets to ingest accidentally. However, they are not produced in food-safe conditions, and are not recommended for eating. Also, during the manufacturing process, the nutritional value is removed from starch-based packing peanuts. So let the markets find which is best. The free market gives us better……………everything.

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