We have all felt the guilt of using, and even reusing, Styrofoam packing peanuts which are made of polystyrene, a plastic polymer.  However, in response to concerns about these non-biodegradable and non-recyclable materials, we are fortunate that today there are many packing peanuts, noodles, and pellets on the market which fulfill the same purpose of protecting items during shipping but are actually earth-friendly starch-based products.  These products, such as PakNatural Loose Fill, still cushion items and fill voids but are a better choice because they are made from natural ingredients and will dissolve in water…or can be reused.  If you do reuse them in the next package you send to someone else, be sure to make it clear to the recipient that these packing peanuts are harmless to the environment.   They can even be composted with other organic materials!


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