Attempting to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle in St. Louis

Environmentally friendly decisions are tough

Hate styrofoam, love Expandos February 22, 2009

Filed under: Design,Live Green 2.0 — budint @ 12:08 am

The wife received a sample of glass tiles from Modwalls a few weeks ago and though I wasn’t overly impressed by the quality of glass tiles, I was amazed by the packaging.

You see, one of my biggest beefs w/ getting stuff shipped to us are the Styrofoam peanuts. They’re worse than bubble wrap.  So forever I’ve tried to store them in the basement in hopes of one day reusing them.  Well then you move and relocate and go into temporary housing and all this time you can’t keep storing these peanuts. Until one day you have to throw them out and the guilt is overwhelming.


Well guilt no more (especially if these catch on) and say hello to the ExpandOS packaging cushion system. These little cardboard cut-outs are REALLY neat. I actually spent the first few minutes upon opening the glass tile package to examine these rather than look at the tiles. All of the details are on the ExpandOS site (including a video) and there’s info on cost-savings, etc. etc. for businesses, but I have to say that as a customer, I’d gladly pay an extra 25-50 cents per package to not have to deal w/ the guilt of Styrofoam peanuts.

With the ExpandOS, I can save them for reuse or happily recycle them. Only disappointment is that i didn’t think of it first.


4 Responses to “Hate styrofoam, love Expandos”

  1. Magnus Says:

    I had a similar experience. Can’t agree more with you – the guilt of throwing out stuff that you know wont de-compose until we’re done here on earth feels awful. I agree with your title: Love ExpandOS – hate styrofoam, bubble-wrap etc. Cheers!

  2. pudge Says:

    Without a doubt, the time has come to get the word out on this Expandos stuff. There is nothing that I have found to use as packaging. This product seems to hit a home run with sustainability, recycleability, and it even works. Their website shows the material made from sustainable forestry. It even comes from industrial waste. How could anyone not find a use for this environmentally friendly packaging paper. Great Going Expandos!!

  3. Jassi Says:

    Thanks so much for featuring our kceihtn. We LOVE our ceiling tiles and get lots of comments and questions about them. I highly recommend them!!!Dana TuckerBella Tucker Decorative Finishes

    • Cric Says:

      We still have to consider where our eicltriecty comes from. Lighting consumes the most, so switching to Light Emitting Diode bulbs is the most efficient. A good company is EarthLED. We use LEDs in our campaign to shut down the nuclear power plant just North of Manhattan, Indian Point, which again, two days ago, suffered an emergency shut down. If everyone in New York bought just one LED, that would save enough eicltriecty to make up for the power Indian Point produces.

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