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How to Make Green Compostable Packaging

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Compostable packaging solutions are made out of materials that you can compost both commercially and at home. Most compostable packaging is green, meaning that they are made out of plants. These plant-based polymers are easily compostable, which helps to conserve the environment. Your biodegradable packages take different periods to break down, depending on the plant polymer.

Also, based on the specific material and quality, it is possible to have such packaging broken down by a commercial compost facility in 90 days. Domestic composting conditions are different. Hence it takes about 180 days to do the job.  There are many environmental and other benefits to using compostable packaging. These materials require less carbon to make and also require much less water to produce. Most importantly, they don’t add toxins to the environment as they biodegrade after a short time.

When you use biodegradable packaging, your clients will have a better image of your company. Using these types of packaging also suggests that you are providing high-quality products. Here is a list of some plants that are used to make compostable packaging.

1. Sugarcane

The main ingredient from sugarcane that’s used to make sustainable packaging is Bagasse. It is an extract from the plant that’s biodegradable and highly tolerant to heat. Unlike plastic, sugarcane comes from a renewable source, thus more beneficial for the environment.

2. Mushrooms

Some green compostable packaging, such as cartons, are made from mushrooms. Many companies package their products using materials like polystyrene that take thousands of years to decompose completely. However, more retailers are now moving towards more sustainable packaging designs.

A common material is mushrooms. The roots and outer shell of the mushroom plant contain mycelia. When it is mixed with natural ingredients such as oats, they bond to form a malleable solid. Unlike polystyrene, mushroom-based packaging will break down in your garden in just a matter of weeks.

3. Coconut

Most people have had some coconut or had a refreshing drink from one. However, you will not typically think to save the coconut shell after you’re done enjoying your coconut or drink. Coconut husks are easy to mold together using an organic adhesive. Therefore, they are great compostable packaging for eggs, vegetables, and fruits. 

Although they make for a very unusual alternative, the packaging has a very effective waterproof cushioning. This offers protection to your fresh produce, especially during transportation. The exterior of the shell is also tough thus can withstand impact even when dropped from as high as 50 feet.

4. Cornstarch

Cornstarch is a biodegradable ingredient, making it an ideal eco-friendly option for goods with limited short-term use. For instance, cornstarch packaging is a good alternative for packaging food. You might have even used a take-out container made from it without even realizing it. The quality of the containers is excellent, and they look similar or even better than other containers such as foam-based ones.

Because of its nature, cornstarch is also good at supporting and protecting your products while on transit. You might want to consider replacing your packaging peanuts which will not decompose anytime soon, with sustainable options like cornstarch. The latter is eco-friendly and biodegradable, meaning it will have a much less negative impact on the planet. 

Nowadays, many consumers want to make a difference in the environment through their shopping decisions. Choosing a product protected in a green sustainable packaging solution is one of the ways that they like to do this. It is essential to listen to your consumers and consider their suggestions as a business. These are a few of the plant-based packaging designs that you could use to package your products.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
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