Sending Peanuts Packing

Ever since people got their heads screwed on straight and realized the horrible environmental effects of those pesky little packing peanuts, the last decade or so has seen some pretty cool advances in utilizing recycled, biodegradable, and alternative methods for packing fragile items and shipping them around the country and world.

And don't worry—there are plenty of things you can do with packing peanuts that get shipped your way that will keep them out of a landfill.

The other day we received a few items in the mail that were packed with EarthAware's new AirPouch:

These air-filled pillows are made of biodegradable DuraClear, a low-density polyethylene that has an additive which causes the poly to biodegrade in less than five years when put in contact with other biodegrading material (as few as nine months, depending on exposure conditions). They're also comprised of recycled plastic bags and pillows. Just another option among many great ideas that will get your gifts to their destinations unbroken and without any undue stress on Mother Dearest.

Click here to find out ways to make your own packing materials.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.