Packaging for gifts of New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art is just as contemporary as the art in its collection. Recently the Museum decreed that the void fill used to package Museum gifts be as superior environmentally as the Museum's artistic reputation. About two years ago MoMA switched from expanded polystyrene (EPS) peanuts to ECO-FOAM® a foamed loose-fill product developed and patented by National Starch & Chemical (Bridgewater NJ) that is now manufactured and distributed under license by American Excelsior (Arlington TX). ECO-FOAM is made by extruding starch derived from a special hybrid of corn into a cushioning peanut that closely resembles the EPS piece it replaces. Since it's derived from a renewable resource like corn ECO-FOAM is considered superior to EPS that's made from oil. The process to produce the foam peanuts uses water in place of chemical blowing agents typically used with EPS. In fact each package shipped with ECO-FOAM includes an explanatory insert supplied by American Excelsior. In part it says "This revolutionary packaging alternative is 99% cornstarch and safe for the environment. When you receive your order please reuse the loose fill for your own packages or dispose of it by adding it to your compost pile watering it into your lawn or dissolving it in water in the sink."