Packaging is necessary for safe shipping and handling. Plastic and Styrofoam packaging, however, it determines to our environment. To reduce packaging waste and decrease carbon footprint, here is best Eco-Friendly packaging alternatives.
1 Stone Paper and Plastic- Stone paper is a term that describes a number of different formulas for making paper that have one key ingredient- Calcium carbonate (waste stone rock, marble and tiles) rather than tree fiber.
It is Durable, Oil and tear resistant, and waterproof which makes it perfect for Packaging. However, it is noticeably heavier than traditional paper.
2 Mushroom Packaging- Mushroom packaging is a cheap and eco-friendly option for supporting smaller items. This Styrofoam alternative is made from ground agricultural waste that’s fused together with the help of a mushroom root known as mycelium. After production, the raw material can be molded into a variety of shapes before being dried and used as packaging. The final product biodegrades at a rapid pace and you can easily compost it at home.
3 Seaweed Packaging- Seaweed packaging is an environmentally- friendly, biodegradable solution to unsustainable plastic packaging material. This packaging has a flexible membrane created from Seaweed extract. Because Seaweed is such a plentiful and sustainable material, this packaging could mark a big change for the better in the packaging industry.
4 Paper Bubble Wrap- While it might not be as fun or as pop able as plastic bubble wrap, paper bubble wrap is much better for the environment. Paper bubble wrap is essentially corrugated cardboard that has been upcycled. Similar to bubble wrap, it’s great for protecting fragile items for breaking during the shipping process.
5 Cornstarch Packaging – Cornstarch Packaging- also known as bioplastic – is essentially a plant based plastic made from the waste products created during the production of corn. These products are then broken down into Polylactic Acid, which is biodegradable and odor free. The production of such paper and plastic is highly sustainable and produces for both loose-fill packaging and molded packaging forms.