Gallery: Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!


So far in our Packaging the Future series we’ve explored how nature solves the packaging problems of strength, buoyancy and moisture-retention (coconut shells), tough-but-flexible protection (wombat butts) and light tensile strength (ant exoskeletons). Now it’s time to look at the softer side of packaging; after all, not all containers need to be tough, and not all packing needs require rigidity. All of the fluffy paddings below are created from solar energy, water, soil minerals and air, unlike their packing counterparts: styrofoam peanuts, foam, polyester fillings, and other plastic-derived materials that use fossil fuels as their basis. They break down easily when they are no longer needed, and several have additional uses outside of softness – read on for some amazing examples of fluffy natural packaging!

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  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:

    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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