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Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!

by , 11/04/10

sustainable design, green design, packaging the future, green packaging, biodegradable, green materials, waste reduction

Goose down is a commonly used natural material, but it comes at the expense of the life of the goose (feathers are plucked after the animal has been killed and can’t be harvested while the animal is alive, like sheep’s wool, which many people don’t realize). However, it is a great insulator for warmth, and lasts for years without much loss in its insulating power. Down isn’t really used as a packaging material for shipping because it’s pretty costly. Recycling used goose down, from bedding, furniture and pillows, could be a way to make final use of this material before composting it, although goose down can be recycled quite a few times before it even makes it to this stage.

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3 Comments

  1. JimL November 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Please contact me about our natural packaging.

  2. mikepetrucci November 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I really like the idea of popcorn being used! Do you think they could do flavored popcorn? Imagine getting packages with caramel popcorn! Something to eat while you unbox your new gizmo!

    Also, this reminds me of a company making eco friendly packaging material out of mushrooms! It’s not whole edible mushrooms (although I think it’s edible) but a grown/formed/shaped piece. Here is video on it: http://www.energynow.com/video/2010/10/27/mushroom-provide-ecofriendly-packaging-material

    Oh, and one thing I just noticed is that some packing peanuts I get are the new ones made from corn starch. To prove to my coworkers that they are different, I show how they disintegrate on water or even in my mouth! I try not to eat more than 1 or 2 though, haha!

  3. quiltingmatilda November 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Stop using food for packing (unless it can be eaten by man or beast after shipping). Give the foam peanuts back to the FedEx/UPS driver for reuse at the retail store.

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