When you order electronics or appliances, chances are it came packed and shipped with packing foams as the cushioning material. They are also called PP foams – different types of PP foams are used for various industrial and commercial applications.
1.Cover tips of sharp and pointed tools
Small pieces of packing foam can be used to cover tips of sharp, pointed tools. This is not only useful when travelling, but also when storing these tools inside a drawer or tool box. Having foam tips can prevent nicks and cuts when you reach in to get something from the box.
- Use as spacers
- Use as gardening aids
- Turn into arts and crafts materials
For people who work with kids, pieces of PP foam can be coloured and used for art projects. For example, green ones can become pretend snakes. Alternatively, they can be used as wool for sheep projects.
- Store old electronics/computer equipment
Larger pieces can be used to pack old computer monitors or other pieces of electronics that are no longer being used. You can later donate them to recycling centres, or give them away to people who may still be able to use them.
Repurposing, reusing, or recycling packing foam is good practice not only because of environmental reasons. It is an opportunity to enhance creativity and imagination, and saves you a bit of money in the process too.