Yes, we do use “peanuts” as packing material in our boxes. But these are “peanuts” with a difference.
Regular packing peanuts are made of Expanded Polystyrene or EPS. According to earth911.com: “In 2006, the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers reported that 56 million pounds of EPS were recycled that year alone. That’s an astonishing amount considering that EPS is 98 percent air. Here’s the thing: Even if your community recycles plastic #6, it may not accept EPS. It’s a similar case to the plastic bag conundrum, where different versions of plastics require separate recycling streams. Because it’s so lightweight, EPS takes up 0.01 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream by weight, but as you may have guessed, its volume is a greater problem than its weight. It takes up space in landfills and doesn’t biodegrade.”
Shipping materials in landfills are always a concern and sourcing the “greenest” products out there is one of our missions here at Tipu’s Chai. So we were really excited to find biodegradable peanuts! They are made of “static-free” organic starch and, according to the company we buy them from, they “decompose in water leaving no toxic waste”. So not only will they not stick to everything in sight when you open your box of Tipu’s Chai, they will melt if you throw them away.
The boxes we ship in are made of corrugated cardboard and should break down flat quite easily (since they come to us that way) for recycling.
Of course, we always encourage you to reuse if you can. So save them to repack your Christmas presents to Granny!
Next week a little blog about our packaging.
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