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Reusing Mailing Supplies

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Many of the boxes, tubes, and envelopes that we receive in the mail can be reused. This is a guide about reusing mailing supplies.


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January 4, 2006

Occasionally, I receive padded mailers through the mail and always keep them to reuse. Most address labels, stamps and return address labels can be removed totally. If not, some brown tape will cover what's left. These recycled mailers can be used again, and you've saved the cost of new ones. It's been several years since I have had to purchase any.

By Ronsan from Southwest Missouri

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

By thoroughly removing the labels on shipping boxes they can be easy reused, saving money and resources. This is a guide about removing labels from mailing boxes.

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January 28, 2005

does anyone have any ideas for re-using the round cardboard mailing tubes or the cardboard tubes which long fireplace matches come in? thanks, Debbie in S.C.


January 29, 20050 found this helpful

cut a slit at either end and they are perfect for storeing christmas lights ,just wrap the lights around till you reach the end and tuck in the slit you made .saves a lot of time trying to untangle lights at christmas

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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

I have gerbils who love to chew on them for their bedding. They need to chew and the items they sell at pet stores are so expensive.


I love it when a friend gives me their tubes! Do you have a friend or neighbor who might use them for their critters?

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By Allison (Guest Post)
January 30, 20050 found this helpful

If they are super-strong, you can push nails and tacks of different lengths through the outside, so the sharp points are on the inside. Then puth beans, rice, or small noodles inside. Put the plastic caps back on the ends and you have a rainstick--turn it on its end and let beans fall down to make the sound of rain.

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By Michele (Guest Post)
January 31, 20050 found this helpful

You can call your local elementary school and ask if they need them in the art department. I know we save all of our paper towel rolls and different kinds of cans, like coffee cans for the local headstart children.


They do many projects thru the year that they can use all of these items.

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November 5, 2011

Can the sticky material used in direct mailings be reused for anything? It is the strips of sticky stuff to secure samples in a mailing.

By Suzanne B.


November 8, 20110 found this helpful

It can anchor nicknacks on a shelf, or be used on the back of pictures so they hang straight on the wall.

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