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If you own a business or are mailing packages with fragile items, biodegradable packing peanuts are a necessity. These supplies protect the products in the package without significantly raising the cost to ship them, and they are better for the environment than traditional Styrofoam packaging materials. Staples® carries several brands of eco-conscious packing peanuts in different sizes and colors to meet your shipping needs.

Using Biodegradable Packing Peanuts
Sometimes what you are storing or shipping doesn't fit into a standard-size box. While custom containers are available, they cost more. With packing peanuts, you can protect items from sliding around during transport without investing in custom boxes. The S-shape of the peanut allows them to interlock, creating a cushion, and prevents them from just settling on the bottom of the container like foam balls.

This stability also keeps smaller items from moving through the peanuts during transference. This is especially useful if you only have small spaces to fill and can't use a smaller container. Peanuts are small and easy to spread into those tight areas for transport protection. Because they are lightweight, they won't add a lot of extra weight to the shipment and increase costs. Another use for packing peanuts is to protect valuables while moving. Whether it's your home, office, or business, they offer an extra assurance that the China, glassware, and electronics will safely make it to their new location.

Benefits of Biodegradable Packing Peanuts
These packing peanuts are eco-conscious. They are often made of nontoxic, plant-based substances such as wheat and cornstarch that dissolve in water or are compostable. Unlike Styrofoam peanuts, environmentally friendly ones don't have the same static charge that causes them to stick to clothes and other surfaces.

Packing peanuts come in different colors to help identify what type of material they are made with for safe disposal. White and pink are made of up to 70 percent raw polystyrene and won't break down in landfills. Only dispose of these through recycling. Green ones are made with at least 70 percent recycled materials, so they will biodegrade.

How Do You Measure the Coverage Area for Biodegradable Packing Peanuts?
Brands measure packing peanuts by how many cubic feet by volume of surface the bag can cover. For example, 1 cubic foot of eco-conscious packing peanuts will fill a 12 x 12 x 12 inch shipping box. Typical size packages vary from .75 cubic feet to 20 cubic feet.

What Are BPI Certified Biodegradable Packing Peanuts?
Packages marked with the "BPI Certified Compostable" logo are completely biodegradable. So, if you throw them in the garbage or add them to the compost pile, they won't leave any synthetic residue that would be harmful to the environment.

Are Biodegradable Packing Peanuts Reusable?
Yes, if they are dry and clean they can be reused for shipping new packages. It's also possible to contact a packing supply company that will take them. If they don't accept the peanuts, they may be able to direct you to a place that can. Another option is to donate them to a local preschool or elementary for craft supplies.

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