Businesses Doing Good: StarchTech Packing Peanuts

This  “Business Doing Good” feature addresses some of the environmental impacts of the packaging system. You probably already know that Stryofoam is really terrible for the environment. I remember learning all about how Styrofoam is not biodegradable and made of petroleum  in my third grade Ecology Club (yes, I was a super cool kid).  Despite the negative environmental effects, Styrofoam is used frequently in packaging and shipping in the form of those multi-colored packing peanuts.

Good luck cleaning up all of these!

Enter StarchTech, a Minnesota-based company that manufactures environmentally friendly packing peanuts. Their peanut, called “The Mighty I”, is completely biodegradable.  Since the material is water soluble, you can put them in your bath tub and just turn on the water (without having to worry about pipe damage) and voila! No more peanuts.  You can even compost them if you live somewhere warm.

How is this all even possible? StrachTech peanuts are made of corn starch instead of petroleum which makes the products biodegradable.  The even better news? The starch is made from corn grown in the Midwestern US.  So, instead of having environmentally-unfriendly products that rely on a foreign source, StarchTech peanuts are sustainable AND made in the USA.

That’s all well and good, but does it make money? According to this report, consumer electronics provider Crutchfield saved over $100,000 dollars in manufacturing with the CEO reporting ” no instances of product failure”. Sounds pretty effective to me!

Looks like Inc magazine made the right call putting StarchTech on it’s 2009 list of Top Green Companies. Here’s hoping for more success for this environmentally friendly innovator.

Thanks for reading! Lindsey Kirchoff

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