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What is greener? Biodegradable or 100% recycled?

mike lyons

mike lyons

President, Simpak International
Industry: Non-food
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Role: Packaging Materials Supplier

We make a protective packaging pad. It is comprised of foam beads vacuum packed in a plastic envelop. Right now our product is made of 100% recylced foam beads and can be reused. With it's cushion curves we can reduce the amount of packaging and provide equal or better protection. It can also be recylced again at end of life.

My question is from a corporate strategy perspective, what is greener?

Product A - made of biodegradable foam beads and packed in a biodegradable plastic envelop.

Product B - made of 100% reclycled foam and packed in a recylced plastic envelop.

Simply put, Recycled or Biodegradable?

My personal opinion is that recylced is better because it truly is affecting the waste stream by using scrap foam VS the biodegradable. If thrown in a landfill the product will not truly degrade under landfill conditions.


Mike Lyons
Simpak Intenational

Posted March 16, 2010

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