Bye-bye, bubble wrap

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The onslaught of online shopping options means many folks are getting more of their holiday purchases in the mail, not at the mall. But increased mail means more packaging — inspiring some online retailers to seek out more environmentally friendly options.

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Water-soluble peanuts, air-filled bags, and shredded office paper are just a few things that are replacing styrofoam and petroleum-based bubble wrap, according to the ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS NETWORK.

Companies like Patagonia, Norm Thompson, and Amazon.com are finding that the new packaging is not only easier on the environment but also save on shipping and materials cost.

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