Simple Green: Reuse Packing Materials in the Closet

Simple Green: Reuse Packing Materials in the Closet

Amber Byfield
Jul 29, 2009

Over the weekend, a friend and avid Re-Nest reader emailed us to say she'd had a green eureka moment--and it's a good one. In the midst of unpacking after a move, she kept coming up with air-filled plastic bags that had been used to protect some items...

Claire writes...

You know those air cell packaging things that come in long strips with a perforated line between each cell? Well, the unpacking still continues...

...And I was putting away some purses. Some of them were a little flattened, because they're not spring chickens--and because I've left them in a box for a few weeks now.

Anyhow, I had some of those air cell things nearby, so I stuffed 'em in and zipped up the purses. VoilĂ ! Now the packing material is being reused and my purses can stay in shape while they're sitting on my closet shelf.

We think this is a fantastic way to green your closet in two ways: first, of course, by creatively reusing those pesky packing materials to stuff the purses... And second, stuffing the bags keeps them in better shape and therefore (unless one has a bit of a handbag obsession, anyway) they won't need to be replaced as often.

The same thing could be done with packing peanuts (maybe kept at bay in recycled plastic bags) or even paper stuffing that would otherwise find its way into the recycling bin.

(Image: Flickr member Johnny Jet licensed under Creative Commons.)

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