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Recycling Packing Paper

I order a lot online and recently I have noticed that instead of "peanuts" the packages are arriving now packed with a generous supply of very nice brown paper. It's very much like butchers paper.

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Instead of throwing this away I take and smooth it out. Sometimes I run an iron over it on a low setting. I then store it in the bottom of my cabinet. There are some very long pieces. These are really great to use as paper towels or draining fried foods. My brother even used a piece to patch a small hole in the wall before painting.

I also use them for crafting and it makes great art paper for children. I find a use for them nearly every day.

By carla from Huntington, WV

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

I was thinking it would make good wrapping paper. What I've received is nice enough for that. With most of us receiving so many packages in the mail now, we need to be aware of how to recycle those wrapping products. I reuse mailing envelopes and Kraft envelopes.

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

I also use empty cereal boxes, or hot chocolate boxes, etc. padded with that paper to send things through the mail. The postal clerks always chuckle. Karenhope

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful

Excellent tip! Reusing free items like this is like "found money."

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

I do the same thing! I'm so glad most are switching to that nice paper. I use it to pick up messes, paper canvas, drop cloth, and wrapping.

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