What is your idea for 'greener' packaging?
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We are interested in ideas for greener packaging that could replace traditional packaging such as cardboard and styrofoam.   It is important that this replacement packaging be something eco-friendly, so using plastic would not work.  

To get you thinking in the right direction, consider these examples of green packaging that companies are already exploring (keep in mind we are interested in new ideas):

  1. Biodegradable seed paper packaging (also known as 'Plantable Paper') that mixes paper pulp and wildflower seeds.  Modified seed paper can serve as a replacement for cardboard. 
  2. Mushroom root to replace styrofoam.  Check out these links to learn more about how it works:
Deliverables

Propose your idea for 'greener' packaging that would be a more sustainable replacement for cardboard and/or styrofoam packaging:

  1. What materials comprise your eco-friendly packaging? 
  2. Defend your idea by explaining how it would be a practical replacement for cardboard (external packaging) and / or styrofoam (internal packaging).
  3. If applicable, explain any environmental or consumer benefits to using your packaging.  

Bonus: We are especially interested in packaging ideas that would make use of waste materials! 

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
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