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#1 of 5 Old 08-26-2008, 11:43 PM - Thread Starter
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I broke my ankle and have to put ice packs on it for the next couple weeks. What's the most eco-friendly way to do it? I know those freezer ice packs are bad... but I don't like leaky ziplocs either...
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#2 of 5 Old 08-27-2008, 01:51 AM
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Get an old fashioned ice bag. You unscrew the top, pop in a couple ice cubes and some water, screw the top back on and instant ice pack.

Alternately, you can use frozen peas, but unless you're willing to eat them after they've been defrosted and refrozen repeatedly, it's a waste of food.

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make rice bags, a sock filled with rice and rubberbanded shut (twist it, fold it over and rubberband it) because the rice is smaller size it forms to body parts nicely. When your feeling better then maybe sew them into pretty bags that can be left in the freezer for boo boo bags or left out to put in the oven or microwave to heat and use as hot packs (nice in the winter too, not just for hurts)

I would think that the rice could be reused/eaten.
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If you love cherries, you can save the cherry pits and make a pack like the rice one.

My sister bought me one for my birthday.
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When I was in physical therapy they told us to use frozen mixed vegetables. Honestly I've found they seem to hold their temp the best, and sort of cascade around the ankle.

And, if you get hungry, just take them out and heat them up....

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