You’ve no doubt heard of a container, but how about a “corntainer”.  Well believe it or not, such a novel product is being introduced in several western states to help address environmental concerns surrounding packaging.  The corntainer, as you might guess, is not made from petroleum – as are plastic containers – but from all natural corn, which decomposes and can be turned into compost if recycled.  Advocates of this technology say that although the product costs 40 cents more to produce than its plastic counterpart, grocery stores in the region are not passing on these expenses, and that the material used to make the corntainer can also be expanded to make mattresses, comforters, pillows, and rugs.  Doesn’t sound like such a corny idea at all.

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