Second Best Green Packing
If you canít reuse anything to package gifts with, here are the green pros and cons of packaging you can buy.
- Try to buy boxes with that are made from recycled fibers or from fibers sourced from managed forests.
- Resist plastic packaging. Bubble wrap and other plastic packaging are derived from petroleum. Although they are technically recyclable, not all municipalities accept their plastic type. Many municipalities only recycle plastic bottles.
- Try biodegradable packing peanuts, which easily dissolve when exposed to water and leave no chemical residue. They can be reused or composted.
- Traditional peanuts are made of polystyrene, a petroleum derived material that is not biodegradable. Fortunately, this seemingly eternal plastic can be reused. Clean, unwanted polystyrene peanuts are accepted at 1,500 packaging stores around the US. Call the Plastic Loosefill Council’s Peanut Hotline at 1-800-828-2214 for the names of local businesses that accept them. (UPS is one of them.)