Someone I know refuses to use a shredder because she doesn’t know how to handle the end product: shredded paper. Here are five things to use the shredded paper for:
- Supplement your compost pile. If you keep your shreddings free of plastic and shiny/glossy advertisement paper, you can add the shreddings to your compost pile for a good boost of “brown”.
- Cushion items. You can use shredded paper instead of packing peanuts to mail delicate items (please make sure you only use this to mail to people you trust!)
- Campfire starters. Pack a brown paper lunch sack full of shredded paper and twist the ends shut. Place one in the center of your campfire tipi of wood, and the fire will catch quickly.
- Rodent bedding. If you have small rodents in your house (on purpose), you can supplement the cedar shavings with shredded paper. As a plus, gerbils love to chew paper!
- April Fool’s Prank. One of my favorite April Fool’s day pranks involves filling parts of an office (desk drawers, overhead bins) with popcorn. Shredded paper can be used instead.
With a bit of outside-the-box thinking, you can find all sorts of great uses for shredded paper!
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