Look around your home or office and notice the materials used to package everything from food deliveries to new furniture. While you will no doubt see plenty of non-recyclable paper and plastic destined for landfills, you may also notice recycled and biodegradable packaging. With a push from consumers, companies are creating healthier and greener alternatives – dropping harmful chemicals, using recycled materials, and using less energy for production. For example, think of that thin film of non-recyclable plastic on cheeses and meats. It may soon be replaced with an edible, biodegradable packaging film made of casein (a milk protein). Some designers are going a step – or many steps – further, with smart packaging design that uses the packaging as part of the product! Television packaging becomes the TV stand. The outer shell of a light fixture becomes the shade. Candle packaging turns into holders. What will they think of next?