a useful packing/filler material?

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  1. pogitondo

    pogitondo Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,
    I am shipping 2 large cardboard boxes to ex inlaws in the Philippines.Contents are primarily clothing and toiletries,that I have vacuum packed in order to fit in as much as possible.
    I will still have air space between bags,and need to think of something useful and non-perishable to use in place of styrofoam packing peanuts.
    Takes about a month in transit,weight is not a concern,but cost is...
    Any ideas greatly appreciated..
    Love this site!
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  2. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    Rolls of good quality toilet paper
     

  3. JerseyLightning

    JerseyLightning Well-Known Member

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    Popcorn. Unbuttered, unsalted. Plain old popcorn.
     
  4. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

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    Grab some newspaper, and rip it into thin strips, from the top down. It does not tear well side to side, as that is against the grain. Rip it up and fluff it apart a bit. Also, shredded paper from a paper shredder.
     
  5. bare

    bare Head Muderator

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    How 'bout real salted peanuts in the shell?
     
  6. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    I second the pop-corn. It's light and doesn't add wieght to postage like other materials will.
     
  7. Siryet

    Siryet In Remembrance

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    Fill it with air filled ziplock bags or just cut the boxes down to size so no extra space is there.
    Good luck
     
  8. pogitondo

    pogitondo Well-Known Member

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    So far popcorn or peanuts ... toilet paper is a good idea,but they don't use it..every family member has there own cup,and they cleanse with water from a bucket..
    Pogitondo
     
  9. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    What is wrong with packaging peanut styrofoam? Some are now made out of corn starch and are thus biodegradable. However, you might consider other items they might find useful, such as garden seeds or socks, towels, (etc.) bought by the bundle at flea markets.

    Ken Scharabok
     
  10. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    P.S. During WW-II popcorn was actually used as packing filler. However, it was found it would pick up oil drips, etc. and the natives would still eat it, thus getting ill.

    Ken Scharabok
     
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    bgak47 Well-Known Member

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    If the contents are primarily clothing & toiletries, why do you need packing?
     
  12. pogitondo

    pogitondo Well-Known Member

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    It costs $50 per box to ship regardless of weight. I just don't want to pay to ship empty space,or waste space with something they can't use.
    I have already filled in some with cotton balls,band -aids,marshmellows,and bulk candy...just lookig for other ideas..
    Pogitondo
     
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    Towels, bedding or just pieces of material if they were a usuable size.
     
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    Books, magazines, plastic bags, dish clothes, handkerchiefs and pecans.

    Let us know what the outcome was.
     
  15. Ed Norman

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    Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, shampoo, coffee, hot chocolate mix, powdered drinks, writing paper, pens, pencils.
     
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    limhyl Well-Known Member

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    I use those plastic grocery bags that I can never seem to use up. Theresa.