Ikea Is Growing New Eco-Friendly Mushroom Packaging

To stop all those $20 side tables from getting banged up, Ikea has to use a lot of polystyrene packaging every year. Unfortunately, polystyrene isn’t biodegradable, and people are bad at recycling, leaving Ikea looking for a better material to stick between sheets of ply.

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I’m curious about the cost of this vs traditional cardboard or bubble wrap. I use to do production for an ‘eco’ friendly company that ships product to customers using insanely wasteful amounts of bubble wrap.

…and if it’s worth being sauteed…  What?! 😉

Do Mini-Packaged Snacks Really Help You Eat Less Junk?

In recent years countless food manufacturers have been “sub-packaging” their foods into smaller portions in an apparent effort to curb folks from overindulging. You can usually find 100 kcal multi-packs of chips, pretzels, chocolates, and all sorts of junk foods. Despite the very obvious negative environmental impact of all this excess packaging, what, if any, impact does such packaging have on people’s consumption.

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42 people is bigger (no pun, I swear) than some studies, but still not terribly huge…

My take is that most will treat themselves to more small packages under the impression that the caloric intake is not cumulative.

(Only) Two Rules for a Good Diet

Yet every day I’m asked, “How do I know that what I’m buying is O.K.?” It seems the better educated and more concerned people are about this, the more confused they are. Drill deep enough and the list to worry about becomes overwhelming: organics, genetically modified organisms, carbon footprint, packaging, fair trade, waste, labor, animal welfare and for all I know the quality of the water that’s being used to wash your organic greens.

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It’s very similar to a previous post: Most Diets Boil Down to: Eat More Vegetables