Why We Make Our Own Packing Peanuts

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Here at Fillmore Container, we are committed to be as environmentally responsible as possible. Over the years, we’ve tested and compared a variety of packing products and methods to see which provided the best balance of sustainability, performance and cost. While we’ve exclusively* chosen to use compostable peanuts for a long time, this year we’re taking it a step further!

We are now producing our own packing peanuts on site!  

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What does this mean for you?

  • Our sustainable packing peanuts are made of industrial grade corn starch produced in the USA.
  • The ones we use in our packaging haven’t been handled or hauled– so they’re as good & fresh as they can be!
  • They come with a landfill-free disposal option – will dissolve in water for easy disposal.
  • Making packing peanuts in house lowers our carbon footprint. Less energy spent in the hauling, handling and storage management.

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  • They are static-free – won’t stick to your packages or products.Compostable
  • Biodegradable packing peanuts out-perform polystyrene loose fill packaging in crush tests, providing a more resilient cushioning product. Typical polystyrene-based foam packaging tends to migrate or snap within a box when pressed under the weight of a product.

Watch our peanut machine in action.

 
Wondering what you can do with your extra peanuts?

  • Unless your packing peanuts have gotten damp, they should be able to be used for cushioning again. Consider checking with a local retail business in your area – they may be thrilled to re-use your peanuts for their shipping.
  • Put them in your compost pile. Because they are biodegradable in water, they will break down quickly in soil.

*Occasionally, we will use alternative packing materials which may include bubble wrap, foam wrap, kraft paper, other packing peanuts, or honeycomb wrap for small orders. These packing materials are being re-used – either we received them as samples, part of an inbound shipment or they were brought in by friends and family in their desire to minimize waste.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted April 22, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    This is amazing! Extremely impressive!!!! I am so glad you are making and using compostable peanuts. It makes me even happier to use your company.

  2. Joe T.
    Posted April 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for using biodegradable packing material! I HATE styrofoam peanuts! They’d almost be worth it for being static-cling-free, but being able to compost them is wonderful! (Where we live, styrofoam isn’t recyclable at all, so it just goes to the landfill.)

  3. jackie
    Posted May 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    this is amazing….too bad more businesses can’t look to you for an excellent leadership example! Thanks for your efforts!

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