Did you know that there are now environmentally friendly packing nuts? I can tell you that I didn’t. I just figured all the ones I was sending to the dump were styrafoam. We have nowhere in Calgary, that I know of, that recycles styrafoam.
Then the other day someone I know was watching Rachel Ray and mentioned this to me in passing. I had to look into it.
These particular packing peanuts are made using starch from plant materials which makes them biodegradeable. They are made from corn and potato starch and will dissolve in water within 10 minutes. No harm to your pipes or the environment when you pour down the drain. Another bonus is that they don’t collect the static like the original peanuts.
A lot of companies are now using these earth friendly peanuts but it hasn’t totally caught on. The reason being is that they are about twice as expensive as their styrafoam counterpart. It will be up to consumers to make the final decision.
How to dispose of these friendly peanuts:
Dissolve in water an pour down drain
Bury in soil (they will be eaten by insects)
Be sure to test them first before you recycle in any of the above ways by seeing if they dissolve.