The Ins and Outs of Packing Peanuts!

The ins and outs of packing peanuts, also known as packaging noodles, loose fill and foam peanuts, are cushioning space filler textile used in packing.  The Dow Chemical Company created the first packing peanuts during the middle of the 1960’s, and they were made from virgin polystyrene foam, a derivative of petroleum processing.  The packing peanuts were commercially offered in the 1990’s and were constructed out of recycled polystyrene.

White Foam Peanuts        

White foam peanuts usually signify that the material used is on average 70 percent virgin polystyrene, whereas green peanuts are regularly made of 70 percent or more recycled polystyrene.  Pink foam peanuts are a sign that an anti-static textile has been applied to them.  These are helpful when shipping electronics or other complex items. The peanuts themselves are 99.6 percent air and can interconnect when stressed, but shift freely when the stress is indifferent.

Colored Packing Peanuts.
The peanuts themselves are 99.6 percent air and can interconnect when stressed, but shift freely when the stress is indifferent.

Foam peanuts easily fit in and around your products and are lightweight, inexpensive, and adaptable.  They are convenient to use, and can be utilized numerous times without losing their cushioning capability.  The various shapes of the peanuts signify particular manufacturers.

Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts are light in weight but sturdy enough that they do not break down during the shipping course. Extremely inexpensive to produce, packing peanuts rapidly inundated the packaging market, and corporations all across the world began to utilize them for shipping. Packing peanuts seemed like the perfect answer to the concern of shipping delicate items extended distances, until concerns regarding landfill room started to occur. Polystyrene and other plastics such as CD cases take an extremely long time to degrade.

packing peanuts used for shipping.
Packing peanuts rapidly inundated the packaging market

Environmentally Friendly Packing Peanuts

Biodegradable packing peanuts are made from peanut starch.  Starch-based packing peanuts were urbanized as a more Eco-friendly choice. The starch comes from crop-based sources rather than petroleum-based polystyrene and is non-toxic.  Biodegradable foam peanuts have no static charge which is an advantage over polystyrene.

Kids Tossing Packing Peanuts
Packing peanuts that are biodegradable and nontoxic are safe for people and pets if swallowed by accident.

Packing peanuts that are biodegradable and nontoxic are safe for people and pets if swallowed by accident. Packing peanuts that are starch-based are water soluble, and polystyrene peanuts are soluble in acetone,  but not if they are switched around the other way.

It always helps to have a secret stash of the small white foam peanuts about for boxing up fragile items.  Packing peanuts are an inexpensive, lightweight, and a more Eco-friendly way to protect fragile shipments.

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