Bioplastics Chronicles

Rain and Foxes are Creating Issues with the New Potato Starch Wrapper

Foxes are attracted to the Guardian’s new compostable packaging.

This <article was published on and written by Sue Joiner

I was impressed when my Guardian was delivered in its new biodegradable wrapper (The plastic solution, 9 February), but I wonder if it was adequately road-tested. First of all, it is water-permeable, so on a rainy day, if the delivery service leaves the paper on the front path, it is too wet to read.

And second, because the little bags used for compostable foodstuffs are also made of potato starch, local foxes have learned to be attracted to them, meaning that I have sometimes found my newspaper carried into the middle of the road, its wrapper partially torn off by little teeth. No sign of it having been read though.



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