Pack It Up

I have a necessary evil in my life and I despise it, maybe you’re with me on this one…

Packing materials!

Because we ship fragile items we need to use packing materials so that our glass straws arrive in one piece. I’ve researched alternatives to bubble wrap and packing peanuts, something other than plastic, and the alternatives I’ve found didn’t work well for our product.  So we decided to make this necessary evil a positive experience.  All of our bubble wrap is recyclable and contains 50% pre-consumer recycled material.  And our packing peanuts have never been purchased.  We actually “rescue” them from local retailers that were just going to throw them away! Sometimes they are the decomposable version, but most of the time they are regular Styrofoam peanuts.

Lucky for me I have a great way to reuse all the packing materials I get in the mail.  With the busy holiday shipping season coming up I wonder what everyone else does with the packing materials they get. You know, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, wrapping paper, boxes, envelopes, etc.  I’ve heard some creative ideas over the years and now I want to hear from you guys!

I’ll give away a straw to 3 different people who comment and tell us about their most creative re-use of packing materials.  Contest ends on Saturday, November 3rd.  One entry per person please!

Much love,
Daedra

 

Comments (105)

  1. Plastic grocery store bags make excellent packing material. Then you can use them to line the bathroom garbage can.

    Alicia Booth
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  2. Almost everything that comes into the house ends up in a craft project or an art piece, sooner or later. Bubble wrap that has become less bubbly over time is great fun to use as a printing medium.

    Deborah Cunefare
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  3. We take bubble wrap, make them into squares of the same size, number them and play bubble hop scotch! So fun, we get to jump and make fun popping sounds.

    Trisha V
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  4. My reuse isn’t creative at all – I do what you do! I horde the stuff, and reuse. WHO BUYS BUBBLE WRAP?! I have enough to move my english tea cup collection and then some, if ever need be. Are you moving? hit me up! It also occasionally inspires me to send something fun in the mail to a friend, just to use up the packing material that has overflowed its’ storage area.

    Kara Savvas
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  5. I allow my students to decorate packing peanuts with paint/glitter etc. and have them string them together for Christmas garland.

    Karen Rogers
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  6. I re-use all the brown packing paper and envelopes and turn it inside out and my son and I “decorate” it to use as wrapping paper or gift tags for future gifts. We reuse packing peanuts and bubble wrap in art projects (they make really cool designs in paint and for transfer/stenciling). Boxes are a no-brainer with kids… easy forts/cars/houses/robot costume etc. Or they get re-used to send gifts to family members who live far away.

    Ami L
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  7. I use the packing peanuts in the bottom of my planters. Provides great drainage and make the planters lighter and easier to move. I also save them to reuse when I ship gifts to my sister in Nevada.

    Vicki Paglione
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  8. I don’t know how creative it is, but I always reuse packing materials that have been sent to me. I just store them until I need to ship something new.

    Clare
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  9. If I get my hands on the bubble wrap before my 8 yo does then I try to reuse it when repacking things to ship. However, since he has SPD he LOVES bubble wrap! We play hopscotch with it on the floor and we also use it for art projects. The bubbles make a cool print when paint is applied to it and pressed on paper. Makes real looking Indian Corn art projects for this time of year!

    Wendy Hudson
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  10. Use packing peanuts to make dog beds! Sew up your fabric of choice (or use the same one from an old dog bed that’s padding has gone flat) and stuff it with as many packing peanuts as you can.

    Candice
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  11. I always save boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and mailer envelopes to reuse for mailing & moving. When I run out of packing peanuts for reuse, I pop a batch of popcorn in the air popper to use instead! On the creative side, bubble wrap gets used to bring texture to my pottery work.

    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  12. Normally, I just save and reuse packing materials. However, lately I’ve used Kraft paper as drop cloths for painting and crafting, and used some of the smaller bubble wrap and packinh tape to make a pattern for boot spatz for my daughter’s Halloween costume. It worked surprisingly well and was adjustable so I could fit them!

    Tara
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  13. We get coffee by the 4 pound box. I save the boxes to reuse for Christmas presents. I then wrap those presents in the free shopper post newspaper that comes to the house twice weekly. I write to: and from: on the paper with a marker. I never buy tags and wrapping paper!

    Kristin Troska
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  14. They become craft materials for the kids. They then create fairy houses, doll houses, marble runs and many other objects out of it all.

    We once had an excess of bubble wrap and wrapped up a kid (shoulders to feet) and then rolled them on the floor. They loved the unique popping experience!

    lace
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  15. I want to sew my kids a bean bag chair, so I am going to be saving any packing peanuts so I can stuff the chairs with them:)

    Ashley Hipkin
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  16. I use the packing peanuts in my upside down planters as a soil substitute. And also in the cushions on my patio furniture. And also as the bedding in my Dogs sleeping pillow.

    Lisa Goodnough
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  17. I have turned cereal and cracker boxes inside out.

    Meghan Fuller
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  18. I save all of the packing materials I receive along with all of the boxes (flattened

    and stacked by size), so that I have a supply to use whenever I ship out a package.

    Tony Prodzinski
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  19. We reuse all packing material when mailing out other items. But the brown paper packing material is good to decorate and use for gift wrap.

    Maryann D.
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  20. Bubble wrap for traditional popping and jumping. Those plastic bags of air are great for jumping on. 🙂 Cardboard boxes make great coloring “pages.”

    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  21. The smaller packing peanuts work great to hold your toes apart for home pedicures. I ship boxes to a friend who’s stationed in Afghanistan so I generally reuse my bubble wrap for that purpose.

    Dana Shade
    Oct 30, 2012 Reply
  22. Those cornstarch packing peanuts end up as targets in the toilet for our son to potty learn.

    Sylveria McCue
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  23. WE love reusing cardboard boxes! The kids make costumes, forts and anything else their imaginations can conjure up!

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  24. My kid uses just about every scrap of packing material and cardboard to create elaborate stage settings for her Star Wars characters to play in! They become enormous! Eventually the big boxes take their turns as ‘house bunny huts’ until they finally wind up in the recycling. 🙂

    Kelly Fisk
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  25. We love to use packing peanuts as play snow and decorations for the holidays! They are a mess but work so well!!

    Amber George
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  26. i end up reuseing it for packaging gifts

    angela beyreis
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  27. Not sure how creative it is, but I reuse the polymailer bags all the time to ship items to people. I get them from items I buy that are shipped, so I save them. Whenever I need to ship, I reuse them. It has saved me from buying boxes and such and it’s good for the environment. We also keep and reuse cereal boxes for art activities. As a military family, we move a lot. And the packers use tons of paper in our stuff. We keep some of that for coloring pages too.

    Jamie K
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  28. We make crafts, or reuse to send gifts!

    Sharlene D
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  29. We begin by trying to avoid excessive packaging in the first place by supporting local businesses and seeking out products with as little, or as environmentally friendly packaging as possible. When we do need to have something shipped, again we try to choose companies that use recyclable materials.

    We repurpose as much as we can. We also encourage the kids to think outside the box (no pun intended) for creative ways to use anything that we don’t recycle. Kids have some amazingly great ideas!

    Theresa
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  30. Cardboard boxes of course can be re-used but cutting them down and folding them accordian style in boxes are you are mailing works great as an insulator and “bumper effect”.

  31. Air popped popcorn makes a good packing material that is quickly biodegradable and my chickens love it.

    Jenny Dollner
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  32. We re-use everything in various ways..If it is paper stuff we use it for present wrapping or collaging..bubble wrapped is recycled to my kids all over the country when I send gifts..boxes are cut and used for school projects…always find a way to use the materials..we have the lowest trash and recycle on our block every week!
    Corinne

    Corinne Kurzmann
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  33. I reuse any packing materials I receive and use for winners of contests from my website. It’s not creative, but it’s not wasteful!

    melissa
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  34. Lately all the bubble wrap that comes into our house had been turned into Duck Tape water bottle cozies by my son. He has a blast making them in all sorts of patterns.

    Amiee
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  35. Well my hubby HATES the peanuts that get everywhere so THIS year I’m saving those and on April Fool’s I plan to fill his car up with them to just below window level so when he opens the door they’ll all spill out. I am evil.

    Ashleigh Wells
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  36. I reuse all bubble wrap and air pillows to ship things for my business. We turn all our cardboard boxes into fun stuff for my sons. Race car tracks, robot costume, playhouse. Whatever they’re in the mood for!

    Stephanie A
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  37. I saw something neat on pinterest using bubble wrap. You write sight words on the flat side (so you can read it through the bubble side) and when your little one reads it correctly they get to pop it! Very fun!

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  38. I try to buy as locally as possible to avoid packaging supplies as much as possible. And I haven’t used wrapping paper in years…I am the best/worst gift bag re-user 😉 People even give me their used gift bags to reuse 🙂

    Marisha
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  39. We love to use the packing peanut to squish in a big bowl with water – great sensory play. We also reuse the large pieces of brown paper into wrapping paper – we color, watercolor and stamp them for various holidays and birthdays. Bubblewrap is great for wet felting, as well!

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  40. I have used the bubble wrap to make art work 3D. I save it to reuse for shipping and I use peanuts for dog bedding stuffer.

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  41. We also have used bubble wrap for hopscotch. Or my grandson just drives his shopping cart over it! The packing peanuts I bag and give to a shipping store near me. One year for Xmas my brother brought a huge roll of bubble wrap to give to his nieces thinking it would irritate all the adults. It kept the kids occupied for hours and no one minded the popping!

    Ninnyrank
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  42. I try to reuse boxes to send friends care packages.

    Deborah Gilbert
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  43. I reuse whatever packing comes into the house but the most creative packing material I’ve seen came from a recent purchase where they reused cardboard coffee trays as packing.

    Jacqueline Cote
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  44. I reuse whatever packing comes into the house but the most creative packing material I’ve seen came from a recent purchase where they reused cardboard coffee trays as packing.

    Jacqueline Cote
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  45. We use bubble wrap up here in the cold mtns to insulate drafty windows. Works better than regular plastic and can usually be rescued from big chain furniture stores that just throw it away after unpacking furniture. Paper is great too. I like to shred paper and throw it in the chicken coop and then rake it all into the compost pile. Makes great bedding and then great soil for veggies! 🙂

    Jennifer G.
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  46. Collages and art journals get most of our packing material that doesn’t get reused for packing.

    Catie Pearl
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  47. Donate packing materials to Salvation Army store for use when they sell breakablke items

    yvonne sickler
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  48. I use the peanuts in my planters. Bubble wrap I save to rewrap things or if upset, use to calm my nerves.

    Linda Darmes
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  49. We give our packing peanuts by the bagful to our local UPS store – they definitely will use them!

    Morgan
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  50. I re-use it all! Boxes of any size are always great for moving for gifting. And Christmas is coming up, so make sure to save your packing materials for gift-giving so you don’t need to buy new stuff. 🙂

    Stephanie P.
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  51. My shipping boxes are reused for my out going packages, when the boxes are worn out they go in the compost pile. I generally ship small items as I sell Jewelry and small crafts. My large pieces of bubble wrap will be going on my north windows this year. I recently learned by just spraying water on the window the wrap will stick to the glass creating extra insulation. I keep a huge thick bag of the peanuts turned up side down in a closet, when I need them I just open the bag and they pour into the box. I re-purpose my wrap boxes with the cutter edge, by placing wrapping paper (I cut the entire roll down to fit with a small hand saw) so when I need gift wrap no scissors are needed. The only thing I haven’t really found a use for is the new air filled bags some companies are using.

    LaWanda'
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  52. I sometimes give the boxes to my cats. They curl up in them for a while and bite off pieces from the sides, turning it into cat-bite confetti. I use paper materials to start fires and keep my apartment warm. With bubble wrap, sometimes I grab a friend and have a popping party and sometimes I save it to send out the stuff from my house that I’ve been getting rid of on Craigslist (I use peanuts for that too). Back when I made things out of duct tape, I filled a homemade mannequin with packing materials so I could make myself a dress more easily.

    Deanna
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  53. I save the packing peanuts and at xmas time, my class builds snowmen out of them.

    Pamalot
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  54. we used foam peanuts as a head in ghosts we made (old sheets were body)

    jeannine s
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  55. newspapers. I use them for all my packaging…they make the perfect cushion and fill spaces perfectly!

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  56. I just reuse mine to ship all of my eBay stuff. 🙂

    Heather
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  57. I am a wahm, so i reuse all of the packaging i receive from everything i get, and if for any reason i can’t reuse packaging I’ve gotten, i recycle it if possible

    Carina Plungis
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  58. I think my daughter gets more excited about the package and packing materials then the item inside. My daughter loves to make robots, houses and homes for our hampsters out of boxes. She also uses packing peanuts to make necklaces by threading them together with a needle. She loves to glue gun then paint peanuts to the box and make fairy furnuture and bumpy terrian for landscape pictures. She is one crafty, resourceful and awesome 9 yr old.

    jennife schutzius
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  59. I take the brown paper and use potato stamps to decorate it for personalized gift wrapping with water colors. I like bubble wrap to play with, like many of us! But I keep it to use again, as I hate to throw it away.

    Gloria Chapa
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  60. I use coffee grinds as room deodorizer.

    Jane Nakadomari
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  61. I was reading all these comments, and I was so impressed by all the great ideas. I was starting to feel bad that I didn’t have any great ideas to contribute in regards to reusing items to help reduce waste. Then I looked at it from another angle, and realized that reading all these ideas has helped spread the ideas forward, so I will have them the next time I need to reuse some materials, or someone asks for suggestions! That’s my own little way of helping reduce waste.

    Oh, and I love the peanut prank that Ashleigh is planning to play on her husband! I hope he gets a good laugh out of it!

    Juliet Carty Greene
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  62. I always try to reuse it, when I can. Sorry, not very creative.

    Patty T
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  63. Bubble wrap doesn’t do well in my home since my kids love to pop it. And I don’t ship enough items to purchase Styrofoam peanuts. So my alternative method is newspaper. It’s inexpensive and always laying around my home. And it protects my items.

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  64. Not very creative but we are currently burning everything we get in our fireplace. We haven’t turned the heat on yet and usually don’t have to for most of the winter.

    Beth Clouser
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  65. I also use the Air Popped Popcorn. That way you can throw it right out on your front yard without any guilt. Plus, I also go to the thrift stores and by old scarves to wrap things in. Pretty and Practical!

    Kerry
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  66. Packing Peanuts become soup ingredients for the big pot in the play kitchen, then they become fake snow in a music and movement exercise with the parachute. If any survive they get glued and colored in an art project. Bubble wrap is, of course, the best to jump on and make crazy sounds with, but can also be used to make blankets and pillows for dolls beds, or as clothing for dress-up. Then I might use it to send something with when the kids are done. Paper is the absolute best because it can be cut and folded into all sorts of cool shapes for masks, paper fans, sculptures and the like. We also stamp it and color it to make wrapping paper.

    Alison Minor
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  67. I always reuse packing materials that i get so i don’t ever have to buy any. I started wrapping christmas gifts with fabric a couple of years ago, always fun and reusable!! :o)

    Chelsea Jaques
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  68. I don’t have a use for bubble wrap or packing peanuts, but I have the BEST way to reuse cardbord boxes, empty plastic bottles, cardboard envelopes, etc. I use them to beat my dog…..

    Yes, I said BEAT my dog. He absolutely LOVES it! Crazy Catahoula dog!

    I beat him around the head (not hard, just enough to make loud sounds) and he just goes crazy for it. Really brings out the hunter in him! He’ll chase me all around the house after that box. When I finally allow him to catch his “prey” He’ll take it off to his favorite corner and shred the dickens out of it. Saves me the trouble of shredding it for my worm bins or compost pile.

    He also loves crunching on plastic bottles. The worms can’t eat that so they go in the trash after he’s enjoyed them. He’ll play with them for several days before they get too beat up and I take them away. Free dog toys!

    Marla
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  69. Cardboard (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, boxes torn up)…cardboard wrapped around glass objects, or sandwiches between glass objects has proven to be excellent when shipping even more than bubble wrap! When we moved, we put pieces of cardboard between our plates.

    Socks, towels, washclothes…stuffed these inside of glasses so they had extra support during shipping.

    Tissue paper from gifts…we flatten these out, store them in a big paper grocery bag, and reuse it when shipping items. It’s senseless to throw away garbage bags of paper after unwrapping gifts when they can be rolled into balls and used for shipping.

    Balloons! Blow up balloons and stuff into boxes to prevent shipping during shipping. It adds practially no weight compared to paper/peanuts/bubblewrap, as long as the items inside won’t burst the balloons.

    Great topic! 🙂 Stacy

    Stacy
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
    • Oops, I mean the balloons prevent “shifting” of objects during shipping 🙂 Should have proofread 🙂

      Stacy
      Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  70. I used foam peanuts, painted them green and affixed them to a laundry basket and turkey pan to create the best ever lizard head for a Halloween costume…

    So cool

    Corey

  71. Any spare paper gets reused by my kiddos for doodling or craft projects–we just made a giant tree on the wall with brown packing paper (we will fill itwith colored “thankful leaves” as the month goes on), and cardboard boxes make the best toys! A current favorite is to line up several large cardboard boxes as trains. Packing peanuts get reused (either for packing or for drainage in the bottom of a large pot) or taken to a mailing store for reuse. Bubble wrap is also saved and reused (although there may be a few popped along the way 🙂 ) If I don’t have a good use for packing materials I have always been able to give them away to someone moving–either a friend or for free on craigslist or freecycle. I don’t think I’ve ever actually paid for packing materials!

    Lynn
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  72. I use paint samples, the paper ones to help my kids with writing, spelling and math. We can color code to match each child. They can write on the, or cut them apart:)

    Allison Wolski
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  73. I use the packing peanuts as bottom filler for potted plants (as I see others do, too!). I don’t order things very often, so I have “rescued” peanuts from folks by using craigslist.
    All of the cardboard that finds its way to my home goes outside to the gardens. It goes on the ground to be covered with dirt/compost/plants – or with mulch for the paths. Either way it is a good weed suppressor. <3

    Elle
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  74. I don’t get too much as I shop local like a few others have mentioned. I have always donated my boxes and popcorn as well. The bigger stores can’t accept them but smaller independent shipping places can. Lately I have been keeping all of mine though to ship my glasses made from recycled wine and beer bottles. I save all the junk mail I still get (most of which I removed from lists) take the ads and envelopes and shred them. They make good packing material.
    I also use packing material (and the boxes) from Rent A Green Box. You could use their bubble wrap alternative. http://www.rentagreenbox.com/products.html

  75. Peanuts go into beanbags and bubble wrap goes to sons school for art projects – last year we painted an ocean scene on the bottom & sides of their swimming pool, so I used the bubble wrap to create ‘texture’ on all the star fish by painting the dots then pressing it on 🙂

    Clare Marie
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  76. Like most others, bubble wrap quickly becomes jumping fun as soon as my kiddos spy it. We also save the cardboard boxes because inevitably, they are needed for school projects, or to create a little home for a stuffed animal.

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  77. My girlfriend was just telling me about a boyscout troop that cuts plastic grocery bags into strips. They then weave these into mats that are given out to the homeless. Reusing for charity . . . wonderful!

    Jen
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  78. Nothing too creative here, I reuse packing materials from things I order through the mail. I also use plastic grocery bags to put things I ship in to protect from damage.

    Jennifer M.
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  79. I use bubble wrap to cushion mu christmas decorations and other breakables for storage! Also, my family lives in Brazil and I am always sending them care packages, so I save packing peanuts and bubbles that come to my house for the boxes I send my family!
    Ana

    Ana
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  80. Any papers that have our personal information, we shred in our confetti shredded and use that as packing material 🙂

    Lynn
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  81. Boxes make good hide outs for cats. Crinkly paper wadded up is fun for them, too.

    Karen
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  82. I re-use packing peanuts for Challenges. I coach Destination ImagiNation and there are many practice Instant Challenges that use styrofoam peanuts.

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  83. Prevention- I ask shippers to NOT use plastic packing materials, instead please use newspaper etc when possible. If they must use, I ask them to use either recycled or get Biodegradable p-nuts. When I do have some to re-use. I do so and include a note to the recipient to please do the same (instead of “tossing”–there is no “Away” ) , or I take a load to the local UPS office which also re-uses.
    Thanks for your good work!

    Christine Laporte
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  84. I use bubble wrap to print my own designed paper! Great for card making and scrapbooking.

    Becky W
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  85. I use it to ship stuff that I sell from my Etsy shop.

    Alix
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  86. We make packing peanuts into crafts by gluing them onto construction paper in interesting designs & stringing them into garland decorations.

    Amanda Mitchell
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  87. We reuse or repurpose pretty much everything that comes to us with any type of packaging. If we can’t use it, our city has a wonderful curbside recycling program that they pick up with the garbage and everything is taken, sorted and recycled. Packaging materials get crafted, popped by busy fingers, repackaged for outgoing parcels or shared with friends that need them. Boxes get reused or broken down and recycled and envelopes get reused for my home-based business (if they are still in usable shape after I’ve excitedly torn into them) <3

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  88. I receive a lot of package and send many out I reuse the boxes and cross off with a big sharpie anything I don’t like on the box. I also have a recycle trash inside my home. 🙂

    Monzerrat
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  89. I reuse the packing peanuts, but I’m thinking about using the bubble wrap I have to provide a little more insulation for my old windows.

    Nancy C.
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  90. We reuse all the packing material that comes into our house, or pass it on to someone who needs it. If I’m out of packing material, I’ll crumple up pages of old catelogues or newspapers.

    Julia C K
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  91. For Christmas, we use candy as the filler for our gifts that are mailed. They don’t provide a lot of cushion but fill in the gaps and are a fun surprise for the gift-getter.

    Monica Pelletier
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  92. I reuse all packing materials that I get in the mail for sending packages to my son, who is away at college. I also reuse those free magazines, grocery ads, and grocery store plastic bags as filler for the boxes I send him. Thanks!

  93. I used bubble wrap in my therapy session with children allowing them to pop it. kids love it!, very theraputic

    Karissa
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  94. Shredded scrap material, I save all packing material I receive from stuff I get through the mail and reuse, have used the local paper, the funny’s section, I found myself learning something about the area from where it may have been sent to me from. But mostly try to recycle as much as possible, as those supply’s aren’t cheap.

    Debbie
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  95. Our three winners are Cadry, Ana and Kathleen Y. I’ll email you notification as well! Congrats!

    Daedra Surowiec
    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
  96. I’ve used peanuts from a package I received to send them in a package to someone else!!

    Nov 3, 2012 Reply
    • Please note that we already chose three winners last night.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Nov 4, 2012 Reply
  97. We save all our boxes and pnuts and give to a friend that ships and then for all my cloth diaper plastic bags I save them and use them for shipping when I resell.

    Tonya S.
    Nov 4, 2012 Reply
  98. Not very creative, but my kids love playing with it.
    Packing peanuts have been anything from a puppet (clothes & faces drawn on) to an ocean they swim in (if the box is big enough to sit in. Bubble wrap makes the best indoor trampoline. And boxes are used for baby beds, to play houses, to cars.
    I how can one deny kids with imaginations like that.

    Anne R
    Nov 4, 2012 Reply
  99. Wow how cool is that! Glass straws?! Just use foam to pack them

    Kat
    Nov 4, 2012 Reply
  100. We reuse most everything that passes through our doors, but the thing my daughter loves most of all is to reuse 2liter pop bottles for bird houses. You wash the bottle out, cut a hole in the middle part the right size for the bird you want to attrack, make a smaller hole below for a perch then you hot glue gun bark and twigs all over the outside of the bottle. Put some nesting material in or near the bottle and hang it up. It really good for teaching not only reusing things but to learn about the birds in your region.

    Theresa Fogle
    Nov 5, 2012 Reply
  101. My 10 year-old daughter collected packing peanuts in a large box and uses it as a giant ball pit for her pet rat. He loves burrowing beneath the peanuts!

    Stacy N.
    Nov 7, 2012 Reply
  102. The straw that I won arrived today, and I just have to tell you that it’s so BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to use it, and it’s going to make my afternoon cucumber/lemon water even more delicious. I’ve loved all of the straws I’ve gotten from you in the past, but this one is my favorite for sure.

    Nov 8, 2012 Reply
  103. My grandkids love to play in packing peanuts. we put them in a box or a pool like you would plastic balls. they love them

    Regina White
    Nov 15, 2012 Reply

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