4 Sustainable Alternative To Styrofoam Packaging

Styrofoam Packaging

Plastic foam is so passé. Why not invest in modern innovation that not only reduces your impact on the environment but is also cost-effective? That’s right, we’re talking about eco-friendly packaging. In today’s business landscape, consumers are avoiding styrofoam packaging and opting for sustainable alternatives. This is due to the growing concern about climate change and our influence in worsening it. This blog post is meant to highlight some of the most innovative eco-friendly materials available and how you can implement them into your packaging.

Pioneer Packaging is the go-to source for quality, cost-effective packaging that keeps up with industry trends. Whether you’re just starting a product line or updating your current one, our team provides packaging solutions that represent your brand. 

PLA Lined Paper is an Effective Sustainable Alternative

One of the most sustainable materials around, PLA lined paper is made from corn starch. PLA stands for polylactic acid and is used when making clear compostable containers. It is also used as an impermeable liner in paper cups and containers to help keep the paper from getting soggy. It’s perfect for replacing styrofoam cups and more!

One of the coolest aspects of this material? It’s compostable at the end of its life. Meaning you can bury this packaging in your backyard and make some great mulch. 

Molded Fiber is Another Option to Replace Styrofoam Packaging

Another sustainable alternative to styrofoam packaging is molded fiber. This material is made from a blend of recycled paperboard, newsprint, and/or corrugated cardboard. Most importantly, molded fiber is extraordinary in withstanding grease and is exceptionally cut-resistant. You can use this material for just about anything if you’re looking to transport products like alcohol, medical items, food, and so much more.

Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Offers 50% Less Plastic

Mineral-filled polypropylene, also referred to as MFPP, products contain an average of 50% less plastic than standard polypropylene reducing the amount of total plastic required to manufacture each cup or container. Instead of relying on plastic, it’s made up of mineral content that is excellent in containing both hot and cold items.

This material is cut and soak resistant, which helps prevent liquids or grease from leaking. Not just that, but it is a versatile choice for prepared foods or serving food on the go, adding a new level of safety for end-users. However, it is important to note that these items are typically not accepted at recycling locations so they need to be disposed of in a landfill or incinerated. 

Corrugated Cardboard is Recyclable and Versatile

While it may not be compostable, corrugated cardboard is a great option if you’re looking to offer sustainable alternatives. It’s versatile, efficient, and extremely cost-effective when compared to styrofoam packaging. Moreover, it’s recyclable! So, you don’t have to worry about these finding their way into the landfill quite as much. 

How versatile is corrugated cardboard you might ask? Well, Pioneer Packaging recently partnered with Thermo Fisher in constructing a styrofoam alternative to thermal cooler packaging. Our environmentally friendly packaging consists of an outer corrugated box with a cardboard framework lined with perforated layers of paper insulation. Each box contains pockets of air that are trapped within the paper layers to insulate the inside of the box – keeping its cool temperature throughout the shipping process. 

We’ve tested our thermal cooler against strict industry shipping standards and found that the cooler maintains the desired interior temperature throughout the shipment of the product.

Pioneer Packaging Is the Source for Sustainable Alternatives

If you are looking to transition to more sustainable packaging, look no further. At Pioneer Packaging, we specialize in providing high-quality packaging that promotes sustainability and well-crafted design. We will work with you to ensure your products meet your business needs. Contact us today to get started.

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