Why We Make Our Own Packing Peanuts


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!  


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.




  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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