Every once in a while, an idea comes along that’s so obvious you’re offended it took so long to get to this point.
Today I was exposed to ExpandOS. I’d never heard about these before. They take recycled (and recyclable) cardboard and make it into thin sheets. Then they have a machine that folds pieces of the sheets together into little rigid interlocking space-filling triangular prisms. These displace things like packing peanuts, air packs, bubble wrap, and so forth. I found that they held things VERY securely; unlike with packing peanuts, things don’t have a tendency to fall through and end up one side of a box. So, they’re better for the environment and they’re actually better at what they do than the product they replace. This is a rare thing, I’m impressed.