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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be sustainable?

Products, processes or developments that are sustainable means they meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. From the corn fields to the box that arrived at your home filled with an environmentally friendly packaging material, StarchTech’s packaging material will do it’s part to protect the options available to future generations.

Where does the starch come from?

StarchTech’s Mighty I loosefill packing material, made from our ReNew Resin, is made with an industrial grade corn starch grown in the Midwestern region of the United States. StarchTech uses over 13,000,000 pounds of corn starch annually, however, with millions of metric tons of corn produced worldwide (now that’s a lot of corn!), our needs seem small.

Is biodegradable packaging a viable alternative to polystyrene packaging?

Yes! 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.

How should I dispose of Biodegradable Packing Material?

Tomorrow’s world depends on what we throw away today! This packaging material can be disposed of with a clear conscience.

Here are some options for disposal of your starch-based loose fill packing peanuts.

Are these peanuts edible?

StarchTech does not recommend eating our biodegradable packing peanuts. Our ingredients are primarily starch-based, and our peanuts may resemble a cheese puff snack product (even the machine on which they are manufactured is the same type of machine), however, they are not manufactured under food-grade quality conditions and, therefore, are not meant for human or pet consumption.