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Are Corn Starch, Mushroom, and Seaweed the Sustainable Trends for Packaging?

Corn starch, mushrooms, and now even seaweed are gradually being developed into sustainable materials for packaging. With the growth of e-commerce and the continuous evolution of new and personal brands, packaging becomes indispensable. Brands use packaging to reflect brand values and differentiation. However, plastic packaging still accounts for 40% of all packaging produced. The primary reason for choosing eco-friendly packaging is to reduce the negative impact of business development on the human environment. Sustainable packaging primarily opts for materials that are sustainable, recyclable, rapidly biodegradable, and exert minimal pressure on the environment.

According to the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA), sustainable packaging design refers to creating packaging that is Safe, Cyclic, Efficient, and Effective. This means sustainable packaging solutions must include:

  1.  „Safe – non-toxic to humans and ecosystems“ – no harm to human health or the environment.
  2.  „Cyclic – recyclable or compostable“ – utilizing materials that are recyclable and compostable.
  3.  „Efficient – minimum use of materials and energy“ – utilizing materials and energy to their maximum efficiency.
  4.  „Effective – adds economic and social value“ – providing value and supporting responsible business decisions.

Sustainable packaging is crucial for creating a circular economy where goods are recycled and broken down into raw materials for reuse.

Our cardboard, coated and uncoated papers, and specialty papers are all FSC-certified, mainly derived from wood or plants, natural materials. They are biodegradable, compostable, and renewable, fully aligning with the SPA’s definition of sustainable packaging, making them a sustainable choice for all businesses.

Recent developments in other natural materials include:

– Mushroom packaging, which is 100% biodegradable and compostable, can grow from food waste in a matter of weeks, becoming a renewable resource.

– Seaweed grows in fresh or saltwater without additional growth mediums. Its rich nutrients and fibers make it an ideal packaging material. Innovative companies are using it to explore edible packaging solutions. With edible film packaging, one can also consume the food inside. It is a natural, biodegradable, and recyclable packaging material.

Research and development of more packaging materials are in process, positioning them as eco-friendly alternatives to traditional packaging materials. At JYX Packaging, we are consistently pursuing plastic-free packaging solutions, ensuring that all our packaging materials and methods are eco-friendly. Let us adopt sustainability together .


Sonneveld, Kees & Verghese, Karli & Fitzpatrick, Leanne & Lewis, Helen. Sustainable packaging: how do we define and measure it.

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