Now this is what I call a real alternative for non-degradable packaging: mushroom packaging.
Even when we recycle materials, this process uses a lot of energy and produces lower grade materials, downcycling. Using nature as an example, Ecovative grows funghi to use for packaging. This product has several benefits: it grows in only one week, it is an infinte ressource we can grow and grow and grow, once you’re done using the packaging you can just compost it, let nature do the recycling, no energy needed!
Here is an article about this awesome product: A ‘Circular Economy’: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured