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#1 of 11 Old 07-10-2008, 03:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Whenever I receive packing peanuts in a package I set them aside for container gardening.

I fill my container up about 1/2 way with the styrofoam peanuts and then my dirt/compost/plants on top of that. They provide great drainage and minimal weight.

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Just want to add, I take packing peanuts that I get in packages to the UPS store. They always take them and reuse them.
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Great tips! Thanks!
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i dont use packing peanuts i pop popcorn and ship stuff in it. i used to do it for my baby brother when i sent him stuff at school and he knew he could eat the popcorn i got most of my family doing this now too
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You can also give them away of freecycle ... people will come and take them!
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Just want to add, I take packing peanuts that I get in packages to the UPS store. They always take them and reuse them.
me too ....they used to take block styrofoam...but they stopped
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Just want to add, I take packing peanuts that I get in packages to the UPS store. They always take them and reuse them.
some are also more degradeable (they turn into a powder like substance)....but ups does not like them much because they do not protect stuff as well.

obviosly they do not just become non-existent, but they do not seemingly take up as much landfill space
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If I'm remembering correctly... some are made out of a type of starch??? they will disolve in water, I have read on some of the sewing sites I sometimes visit that folks disolve them in water and use them for fabric stiffner.... not for certain on the whole idea but may be something to look into....
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If I'm remembering correctly... some are made out of a type of starch??? they will disolve in water, I have read on some of the sewing sites I sometimes visit that folks disolve them in water and use them for fabric stiffner.... not for certain on the whole idea but may be something to look into....
I think they are a form of starch. When I went to ups to give the peanuts I asked him about them because I have heard about them and thought I had some in that batch...which I did. He took one and rubbed it in his hands and it turned to a flake/powder substance. Now if they would make more block foam out of that stuff!

If it is a starch...which is what I think, then it would dissolve in water and could be used to stiffen.

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You can use the biodegradable peanuts for kids crafts. You can dip them in water and they stick together. Can make all sorts of biodegradable arts.
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These are all great ideas I hate throwing those things away, but I'm never sure what do to with them.
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