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Benefits of Dissolvable & Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

The world is changing, and with the environment and global warming being an important issue that we all need to care about, you can find out how you can do your part and the advantages of switching your packing peanuts to a more sustainable option.

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Foam Packing Peanuts

Traditional foam packing peanuts are made from polystyrene, a material used to make hard plastic products and foams (also referred to as Styrofoam). They are very versatile and can be easily used for packages of every size as they mould around the object being sent.

However, Foam Polystyrene packing peanuts are becoming much less popular in terms of packing options. This is largely due to them being bad for the environment, making them difficult to dispose of ethically. However, packing peanuts are still needed in industrial and commercial packing, specifically consumer electronics and lifestyle manufacturers.

Polystyrene is non-biodegradable and sadly can take hundreds of years to degrade in a landfill environment. Many are also never properly disposed of or littered and dumped. They can easily be blown into oceans, lakes, and waterways.

What are packing peanuts used for?

Packing peanuts are used when shipping products to prevent damage to items during shipping. They are shaped to interlock when compressed and free flow when not compressed. The problem with packing peanuts is that they’re bad for the environment and because they’re plastic they are around for a while, that’s why our BigBio packing peanuts are excellent because they dissolve in water which is much better for the environment.

The Alternative – Eco-friendly & Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

There is very much still a need for packing peanuts as they are perfect for protecting sensitive and delicate items like electronics, ornaments glassware and more.

Experimentation into eco-friendly products made from starch created revolutionary biodegradable packing peanuts that have soared in popularity in recent years.

Our product BigBio is here to replace all your polystyrene packing peanuts. It is made entirely from a biodegradable material called Starch. It comes from Corn which is a reliable source and doesn’t contain toxins. Biodegradable waste means any product that can easily be broken down naturally by Water, Oxygen, Sunrays and Radiation.

 

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How Do Dissolvable Packing Peanuts Work?

They are made from entirely naturally derived starches like wheat and corn-starch. Unlike the polystyrene peanuts, the biodegradable option means they can be dissolved in minutes when exposed to moisture and warmth.

Once the biodegradable packing peanuts have been used to transport goods safely, they are easily dissolved in water, or even added to a compost pile. This eliminates unnecessary waste going to landfills and creating issues previously mentioned.

Also, as they are made from plant-based starches, you won’t; need to worry about them polluting the environment once they have been dissolved. No toxic residue, chemicals or microplastics are left behind. In addition, they can be made using fewer resources so produce fewer emissions throughout the manufacturing process.

Help The Environment by Using Biodegradable Peanuts

Plastic pollution is one of the largest threats to our environment today, with more than 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans year on year.

Companies investing in eco-friendly packing peanuts are doing their part to help reduce that figure slowly. With the same or improved experience as the foam products, it makes sense for businesses to take responsibility to make their packaging sustainable now that alternative options are available.

Advantages of Biodegradable Packing peanuts

  • Starch can be used to reduce your carbon footprint

So much unnecessary Carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere every day, our dissolvable packing peanuts will reduce this and help the environment overall. Doing this means we can save the planet 1 small step at a time.

  • Corn starch plastic can be composed in facilities for industrial composting

The starch in Corn-starch packaging is known as PLA (Polylactic acid), which is compostable and practical.

  • Corn-starch when disposed of properly is water-soluble whereas plastic takes 1000 years

Corn starch when used in the right circumstance is eco-friendly because it dissolves then can be flushed down the sink or kept and used for another time. There’s a lot of harm Plastic does to the environment for example: It sticks around for 1000 years or more, harms wildlife, Spreads toxins and the Production of plastic causes Global warming.

  • Eco-friendly

Eco friendly means it is Earth-friendly and doesn’t harm the environment. BigBio also takes less time to manufacture because of how the product is designed.

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators

Reducing the amount of waste at Landfills is the best way to stop global warming because landfills are toxins and full of greenhouse gasses. When the waste in a landfill is rotting, it creates methane which is a harmful gas that can result in mood changes, slurred speech, vision problems, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing, and headache. So, using a more sustainable product can contribute to less being released and help the world!

Why are Businesses suddenly interested in sustainability?

Investing in business sustainability can help attract new business opportunities and ventures as it is an increasingly important factor to consumers before purchasing. Being more sustainable overall can help promote additional sales of your products as well as better brand reputation, and increases the likelihood of return purchases.

A lot of companies are now interested in becoming more sustainable, increasing the movement and responsibility across the world. Being more sustainable makes the environment better which has a lot of benefits for example…

  • Healthy Communities – Education will be increased because of the higher standard of living, General physical health will be improved due to less Co2 emissions and higher air quality and healthier lungs. Lastly, the environment will be cleaner due to less plastic pollution.
  • Clean Air – There are many advantages to cleaner air for example: Lungs are the most important part of the human anatomy because they supply the rest of the body with Oxygen and keeping Co2 out, so with less pollution in the air your Living age will increase. Another advantage is that it helps with digestion, breaking down food into nutrients which the body uses for energy, cell repair and growth. Lastly, cleaner air will help reduce heart problems. We all know the heart is the most important part of the body but why don’t we take care of it? Co2 causes the heart a lot of stress from high blood pressure to even heart failure. Therefore, taking care of our environment will benefit us as well.
  • Natural Resource – Renewable sources that don’t harm or exploit the environment for economic gain. For example, Fossil fuels make plastic which stays around for 400+ years which kills living things. So natural resources that are Eco-friendly and are not harmful to the environment will help change the world.

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