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From: pretnichols
Date: 04-25-2007, 04:09 PM (1 of 5)
Okay, I have been given two 30gal. bags of packing peanuts with more on the way. Someone I know was throwing them out, and I said I'd take them. (I hate wasting things). They are the non-biodegradible (sp?) kind.

Suggestions for their use?

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
Total posts: 342
From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-25-2007, 06:44 PM (2 of 5)
Bean bag chairs? They are a little lumpy at first but after using a while they break down. Maybe they would be good for pet beds.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: Pudge99
Date: 04-25-2007, 07:23 PM (3 of 5)
Ditto what Barb said. And...
To lighten the weight of a planter (indoors or outside), fill the bottom quarter of your pot or planter with packing peanuts.
It lightens the total weight
It enables you to 'stretch' your potting soil
It is good for the roots of plants
It aids drainage

While searching the net I came across this.Try this link for a way to make your own biodegradable peanuts. (
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-25-2007, 09:26 PM (4 of 5)
Yes, my grandmother taught me the same, about using them in the bottom of a planting container instead of stones for drainage. I like that trick.
When you run out of crafts:
You can walk into any UPS Store/Mailboxes Etc and hand over your bags of shipping peanuts. They recycle or re-use all of that stuff, so they're happy to take it. In fact I have a trash bag full of them I need to remember to take out to them soon.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: jessie s
Date: 04-27-2007, 11:03 PM (5 of 5)
Not everyone has those packing peanuts for the bottom of their pots. Broken up styrofoam cups work the same way. And we are recycling. jessie s
User: jessie s
Member since: 02-26-2007
Total posts: 46
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