In a push for sustainability, brands are creating new materials with organic, biodegradable origins, preserving the convenience of disposable packaging while reducing end-of-life impact

Consumers are now aware of the impact of single-use plastic, leading companies to look for ways to avoid the material entirely. Now, brands like Decomer and Etee are pioneering new, biodegradable materials in order to lessen each consumer's environmental footprint, without requiring them to completely change their lifestyle. From disposable packaging to alternatives to plastic, these brands are the next-gen of biodegradable materials.

Nestlé Nodax
In a partnership between the food and beverage conglomerate Nestlé and bioplastic manufacturer Danimer Scientific, the two brands developed an alternative to the plastic water bottle. This FDA-approved bio-based polymer, called Nodax, allows single-use bottles to biodegrade easily.

Notpla
Most packaging would be dangerous to eat, but sustainable packaging startup Skipping Rocks Lab developed a kind of packaging that is edible Dubbed Notpla, it's a substance made from seaweed and other plants that can be used for packaging beverages and other liquids. Plus, it biodegrades in about six weeks.

Nuatan
Nuatan is a compostable material made of corn starch, sugar and used cooking oil that could replace plastic packaging. The bioplastic can withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees and has a lifespan up to 15 years. However, it can biodegrade within 90 days in an industrial composter and is safe for animals to eat.

Biopack
This regenerative egg carton, called Biopack, is made out of paper, flour, starch and biological seeds. Users can plant and water it after using their eggs, allowing consumers to grow the carton into plants instead of throwing it away after a single use.

Decomer
This biodegradable material is a sweet one—honey. Estonian eco-startup Decomer Technology cuts down on plastic waste with Honeydrops, a new biodegradable technology. The Honeydrops are water-soluble and edible honey packages made from plants, avoiding plastic packaging altogether.

Etee
Eco-minded retailer Etee formulated a membership model that offers plastic-free biodegradable products, all for one lifetime membership fee. Customers can shop environmentally-friendly alternatives to household goods, like toothbrushes, cleaning spray and dish soap.


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Consumers are now aware of the impact of single-use plastic, leading companies to look for ways to avoid the material entirely. Now, brands like Decomer and Etee are pioneering new, biodegradable materials in order to lessen each consumer's environmental footprint, without requiring them to completely change their lifestyle. From disposable packaging to alternatives to plastic, these brands are the next-gen of biodegradable materials.

Nestlé Nodax In a partnership between the food and beverage conglomerate Nestlé and bioplastic manufacturer Danimer Scientific, the two brands developed an alternative to the plastic water bottle. This FDA-approved bio-based polymer, called Nodax, allows single-use bottles to biodegrade easily.