I’m sure we can all agree that packing peanuts are an awful necessity. If you’re like me you probably hate having to dispose of annoying styrofoam peanuts, and feel guilty that they may end up sitting in a landfill forever or killing animals.
I was blown away one day when I received a product I’d purchased online cushioned in peanuts made of vegetable starch. They were so like the usual stuff, that I only realized the difference because of a small note at the bottom of my receipt. It went like this:
“…we have chosen to use packing material that is made of 100% vegetable starch. This allows it to dissolve completely when it comes into contact with water. Unlike some packing materials, ours is completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly.”
Of course I immediately grabbed a handful and headed to the nearest sink to put this to the test. In a matter of SECONDS the peanuts were gone…
I looked online…this stuff is not hard to find. Google “cornstarch peanuts”, and see for yourself.
So here is my question: if cornstarch packing peanuts are so EASILY available, then why the heck is styrofoam still being used? I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t heard about this before. Call me crazy, but I think this is a pretty big deal, especially considering how many of us are shopping online these days, and having our goodies shipped to us in styrofoam packing.
For those of you out there who are graphic designers, the products you design are often shipped from printers and manufacturers in styrofoam peanuts. Please pass the word on to your clients, and if you can, request that your vendors switch to the vegetable starch stuff.
This is a no-brainer!