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Shredded Paper Instead Of Packing Peanuts

To prevent the use of styrofoam peanuts (don't you hate those things flying around when you open a box), I use the paper in my shredder. I place it in a Walmart/plastic bag and use as packing material. You can squish it around about anything to protect from movement. The receiver is grateful as no peanuts or loose shredded paper to deal with, all is contained in bag. Excellent for fragile shipping. I always write "PLEASE RECYCLE" on the outside of the bags so they will do the same or maybe save for later use.


By Tracey from Thomasville, GA

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

I use some very unusual packing material - empty pop cans or plastic bottles. They weigh practically nothing, are recyclable and fit in the sides of the box if you are mailing something fragile. I sell on ebay and have had people who were very surprised to receive my packages and find pop cans for cushion. Try it! I guarantee you it works! I also crush up plastic grocery bags.

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March 26, 20070 found this helpful

I assume the bottles and cans are clean {wink}

I love my paper shredder, it does double duty as an ID theft deterant and as packing supply.



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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

I use shredded paper for moving as well. Less breakage and cheap!

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December 19, 20090 found this helpful

I use plastic bags for packing. It is a good idea to put shredded paper in the bags. I also use shredded paper in my cat's litter box. I put in a layer of news paper the bottom and then the plastic liner. Next I put in a layer of shredded paper & last kitty litter. I found out I use less kitty litter, the kitty litter seems to last longer & I am recycling.

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March 3, 20100 found this helpful

I use plastic bags, egg cartons, packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Never buy any of these, ask family, friends and co workers to save these items for you. Yes I agree packing peanuts drive me nuts, however I hate the paper shreds all over my house. When I used to use shredded paper I always put it in plastic bags. However I found that shredded paper compacts after it sits awhile. After the shredded paper compacts the item will move around in the box. If it's a light weight item that won't break, it's no big deal. Never tried soda bottles and cans, but I would consider it!! Plus I wouldn't be turned off if I received an item that was packed with cans or bottles.

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