This is an active project at Avocado. We are researching plant-based plastics and other biodegradable alternatives to the plastic wrap that we currently use, but have not been able to find a solution that has the required tensile strength. That being said, we would like to remove even the plastic wrap from our packaging, so we are researching and field-testing alternatives.
Until then, some background on what we use now:
The plastic wrap used to wrap our compressed and rolled mattresses, before they are inserted into the shipping box, is Plastic type #4 – LDPE, also known as Low Density Polyethylene. Low density polyethylene is most often found in squeezable bottles, shopping bags, clothing, carpet, frozen food, bread bags, medical tubing and some food wraps. ♶ is considered one of the safest types of plastic.
No polycarbonate (resin identification codes ♳, ♵, ♷ and ♹) are used. These are most often cited as the types of plastic to avoid.
Please recycle. ♶ is recyclable, and is often made into compost bins, paneling, trash can liners and cans, floor tiles, and shipping envelopes. It can often be recycled in most neighborhood curbside recycling programs, as well as at your local grocery store where shopping bags are recycled. We highly encourage you to make recycling the plastic wrap and the shipping carton a priority.