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Going Green Tip #25

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Going Green Tip #25

Another tip to help you go ‘green’.

During the holidays, some people ship gifts to long distant reletives, friends, and other people.  Which is really nice and saves money on gas, too.  But do you ever stop and think about what the bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and the soft foam cushioning material used in packaging were made from and if they were enviromentally friendly?  The truth is, they are not eviromentally friendly.  Bubblewrap is made out of polyethylene and takes years to break down in a land fill, while packing peanuts are made out of polystyrene, which is created out of crude oil.  Toxic chemicals come from the packing peanuts and if they are burned, the smoke is highly toxic.  Also, the soft foam cushioning material is made out of polyurethane, which consists of all sorts of nasty chemicals, such as acetone, methylene chloride and fluorocarbons.   But there are other alternitives to these packing materials.  Here are a few.

~ Old newspaper rolled up into balls to use as cushioning.  It works pretty well and is cheap to buy.

~Old cardboard boxes make good packaging material to use for cushioning.  Tear the cardboard into strips and roll them up tightly.  Place them vertically around the item you are shipping.  They will expand and keep your items cushioned.

~If you are planning to wrap your items before placing them in boxes to ship, use recycled paper.  And also use recycled boxes to use for shipping.  You can usually get them from post offices and possibly other places that ship packages frequently.

Those are just a few ideas.  I hope these helped make shipping your items a little more affordable.

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Larry Bertolino

Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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