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5 Clever Ways to Reuse Packing Peanuts

By Trish Smith |

Stretch your creativity and stop those dreaded packing peanuts from winding up in your local landfill!

I’ve never been a fan of packing peanuts. Even though I appreciate that they protect what’s inside of a package, I don’t appreciate how much waste they produce. Unless they’re biodegradable, those peanuts are going to wind up with the rest of the trash in a landfill. They’ll take hundreds of years to decompose, and that’s just not healthy for the planet.

One way that you can stop those packing peanuts from adding to the waste stream is to reuse them. The most obvious way to reuse the pesky pellets is to send them in another package. But you can also try a few of these more creative and clever ways:

1. Get crafty with your kids

Dye them vibrant colors and string them together to make a necklace or Christmas decorations.

2. Deodorize your home

Put a handful of the peanuts into a bowl and spray them with perfume.

3. Make a floating keychain

If you decide to go to the beach, tie a few peanuts to your keys so that they don’t sink!

4. Paint your toenails

Put the packing peanuts between your toes while you give yourself a packing-peanut pedicure!

5. See if a recycling center near you accepts packing peanuts

These are just a few cool ways to reuse packing peanuts. Do you have any other ideas?

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  • Leah B. 9 years ago
    Great article! I saw that has biodegradable loose fill, which after a move would be great for supplementing soil in potted plants. Thanks for the insight!
  • Claire G. 9 years ago
    Love this article it's Fun!! Also make bracelets, pins, crush them, gluetheminto pretty shapes, make pictures, and give as gifts, glue them on pots! Oh make painted shapes, by dipping them in paint, stencil.
  • Joyce P. 9 years ago
    Call your local elementary teachers will often love receiving donations of packing peanuts because there are many crafts they can use them well as helping protect breakable crafts made by kids.
  • Linda S. 9 years ago
    Will reuse or recycle the peanuts
  • Cinda G. 9 years ago
    I am closing down my Coaching practice. Every client file that I shred becomes paper packing for moving fragile items to the new location.
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