All About Our Packing Peanuts

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Plastic polystyrene packing peanuts (try saying that five times fast) are a pernicious problem. Those white, “S-shaped” pieces of foam contaminate the planet and take hundreds of years to decompose. Countless companies use them to protect the items they’re shipping, but not Frontier Co-op.

Our packing peanuts are different. Ours are foamless and 100-percent biodegradable. Using starch-based pellets, we puff the peanuts up right here on-site. As a result, we eliminate the need for weekly truck shipments of conventional packing peanuts and that saves us thousands of dollars in fuel costs while reducing our carbon footprint.

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Let’s put it in perspective: one pallet of starch pellets (made from corn or potatoes) produces enough biodegradable peanuts to fill a 53-foot trailer. Here in the Midwest, manufacturers typically haul that truck from Minneapolis, MN. With our shipping volume, we’d need a full truck shipment at least once a week! Instead, we ship a truckload of starch pellets twelve times a year to make all the packing peanuts we need. That equates to roughly $78,000 in savings per year! We have two goals when it comes to shipping materials: we want to protect the products you buy from us and we want to minimize our impact on the environment. From our recyclable boxes to our all-natural peanuts to the soy-based ink used for printing, we’re proud to say we’re sustainable in every way.