Thursday, 20 January 2011

Green Package Filler

I am totally loving this idea that I "got" (Yes, shamelessly stole.) from a friend. Each year, he sends me a box of cookies for the holidays (one of the reasons I love him) and what does he use to cushion the goodies inside?


I cannot tell you how much I love popcorn. I lived off the stuff when I worked for a cinema (for two years) and could still eat it for every meal, every day. Popcorn is the junk food of the gods.

AND it's green package filler!

Popcorn absorbs a whole lot of the impact of packages being tossed around (Yeah, I know you, Royal Mail... I know you don't give a damn about me and my cookies.) and when you're done with it, you can feed it to the birds! Or, just thrown away if you're a bird hater - it'll break down quickly enough.

(I know what you're wondering... Did she try the popcorn to see if it was edible? Yes, yes she did... Though she wouldn't recommend you try it. Bleh.)

According to this article by, even large companies are starting to use popcorn as packing material. Bye, bye squeaky, clingy polystyrene peanuts... Your day is done.


  1. This is a great, green idea! Reduce, recycle, reuse! The birds do not mind stale popcorn. If they do not finish it, it will break down into compost (as long as it has not been salted).

    Popcorn is actually a healthier snack than potato chip as long as you do not drench the popcorn in butter and salt. Unfortunately, it does not taste as good to some people. I like popping mine with olive or coconut oil over the stove because the fluff absorbs the oil and it is healthier than adding butter.

  2. I wish I could say that I take the healthy option... But we both know me better than that. ;)


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