What can I do with packing peanuts besides throw them away?

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  1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
    Victoria Lynnposted 6 years ago

    What can I do with packing peanuts besides throw them away?

    I received a package in the mail and now have a ton of those packing peanuts. As a recycler, I hate the thought of throwing those away. What are some useful ways to use them? Thanks!

  2. Green Art profile image77
    Green Artposted 6 years ago

    Packing peanuts make a great filler in the bottom of garden pots.  When your pots aren't so full of soil they are easier to move from place to place and it helps with drainage. I've done this several years now and have been pleasantly surprised how well it works.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great idea! I would never have thought of that!

    2. Suelynn profile image78
      Suelynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Super idea!

  3. Julie Fletcher profile image76
    Julie Fletcherposted 6 years ago

    You can fill home-sewn bean bags. You'll need a ton though you can ask your friends to save them for you.

    1. Suelynn profile image78
      Suelynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Fun!

  4. sls450 profile image72
    sls450posted 6 years ago

    If you save enough, you can fill a car up with them.  Makes a great senior prank especially if the car is your principle's.  Not that I know this from personal experience.  I'm sure if my principle had found out who did it, we'd still be in detention 10 years later...

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Too funny! Would be a fun thing to do to your boss's car, too!!

    2. Suelynn profile image78
      Suelynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      LOL!  Thanks for the giggle!

  5. justateacher profile image80
    justateacherposted 6 years ago

    Put an ad on craigslist or something similar to give them away...a woman I work with sells a bunch of stuff on ebay and is always looking for free or inexpensive packing material...

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That's true. Someone would take them, I'm sure!

  6. Eric Calderwood profile image83
    Eric Calderwoodposted 6 years ago

    I save them for when I have something to ship.  Just keep dumping them into a large trash bag and take from it as needed.  It really came in handy when I used to sell used books online. Saves on shipping costs by not adding the weight other fillers would add, and saves on supply costs since you are getting them for free.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe I should save mine, Eric. I used to ship things on ebay from time to time. Thanks!

    2. Suelynn profile image78
      Suelynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Here's a person that's organized!

  7. Suelynn profile image78
    Suelynnposted 6 years ago

    Victoria Lynn, I have had packing peanuts that I stashed away in several different bags.  Eventually I took them all over the to One Stop Mail Shop on the corner and they were glad to have them.  smile

  8. Game Flex profile image60
    Game Flexposted 6 years ago

    You should recycle them, it's amazing how much CO2 emission you reduce by the smallest amount of recycling.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea, but there's no place around here to recycle those types of things, I don't think.

  9. Becky Katz profile image83
    Becky Katzposted 6 years ago

    I have used them to refill beanbags that feel flat. They perk them right up and it is the same kind of material. I have also used them to fill baby stuffed animals that I make. My daughter likes to paint them and glues them around picture frames. She does them in wild colors and gives them to friends for Christmas. She will match them to their bedrooms. They love them.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Creative idea from your daughter! that's great! The beanbag idea is great, too!

  10. fpherj48 profile image78
    fpherj48posted 6 years ago

    Well, Victoria, if you don't have a need to mail out a number of packages, but know someone who does....offer them to him/her.....(like a Grandma such as I, who mails Birthday gifts every other month)
    Anything at all, that you might "pack and store" in your own home, destined for the attic or basement, garage, etc....these are great for preventing breakage. 
    I used a huge box of them by filling small sandwich bags and then stuffing the "poofy" valance above my drapes.....know what I mean? 
    Fill a pillowcase with them (leave movability space) sew up the end tightly.....they make the very BEST "pillow-fight" pillows for kids......no injuries and they're not ruining your good bed pillows......Can you tell I'm an absolute maniac about finding a use for EVERYTHING??    It's the penny-pincher in me.  She's always on alert!!!.    Three words I RARELY say:  "Throw it out."!!!!!
    My whole family makes fun of me (lovingly) and it doesn't bother me in the least!

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome ideas, effer. I LOVE your frugality!

  11. teaches12345 profile image93
    teaches12345posted 6 years ago

    When I was a teacher I was always asking for these as they are useful in making childrens' crafts at school. You can ask someone who teaches if they could use it.  One of my favorite resources for doing the alphabet letters.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image89
      Victoria Lynnposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Alphabet letters? Like cutting up the peanuts into shapes??? Or drawing on them?

  12. Greekgeek profile image92
    Greekgeekposted 6 years ago

    Do you have a FedEx, UPS or Mailboxes store near you? Where I live, they take boxes or bags of clean packing peanuts and reuse them for shipping. I think they do so in Utah as well.

    It may vary from state to state. You could call and ask.

  13. Sheepsquatch profile image63
    Sheepsquatchposted 6 years ago

    Save them up until you have enough to cover your entire floor. Once you have this many, spread a layer of glue all over your floor. Then, spread the packing peanuts out evenly.

  14. pstraubie48 profile image86
    pstraubie48posted 6 years ago

    Save them to use when shipping something to someone else
    Save them to use when packing to move.
    Save them for kids to use to create a unique craft.
    Save them to use when children are learning to count.

 
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