Pink peanuts?
September 26, 2006 2:36 PM   Subscribe

Styrofoam packing peanuts - why pink?

A few days ago my girlfriend got a package filled with those styrofoam packing peanuts. All of the peanuts were pink, and I've also seen them in other colors.

I assume they were dyed - but why would somebody bother to dye them? Or bleach them, in the case of white peanuts, for that matter?
posted by thumpasor to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
Best answer: They're anti-static.
posted by bink at 2:51 PM on September 26, 2006

I always assumed that they were made of recycled Other Stuff, and thus assumed the colour of whatever they were made from.

Fun fact: Biodegradable packing peanuts (you can tell - they're the type that don't pick up a static charge) are edible!

(But don't eat the static-y kind. That would be bad.)
posted by Mwongozi at 2:52 PM on September 26, 2006

Best answer: The pink ones are anti-static.
posted by clh at 2:53 PM on September 26, 2006

Brilliant. Eat the pink ones! ;)
posted by Mwongozi at 2:58 PM on September 26, 2006

Response by poster: Cool, that helps, thanks! For anyone else reading this thread, the green ones are recycled anti-static and the pink ones are not.
posted by thumpasor at 3:15 PM on September 26, 2006

Keep some around in case you, or anyone you care about, gets the DTs.
posted by rob511 at 4:14 PM on September 26, 2006

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posted by Andrew Brinton at 5:00 PM on September 26, 2006

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