Packing peanuts and bubble wrap aren’t as fun as they used to be as kids. Now they’re nuisances—pretty much plastic garbage that you don’t know what to do with, and every time you try to move them, at least one piece falls. Packing peanuts, especially, are hard to get rid of—not just because they spill everywhere, but because they aren’t biodegradable and take hundreds of years to decompose. So I feel bad just chucking them. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered a wonderful use for those little peanuts. Simply sprinkle styrofoam peanuts onto the bottom of pots before adding soil to provide houseplants drainage. However, don’t try to do this with corn starch peanuts since they’re made to break down in water—test a peanut before attempting. Happy recycling!

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