How to recycle polystyrene pellets (packing peanuts)
One of our readers, Cath, bought up a great point about one of my personal bug bears.
Cath’s lovely husband treated her to a bulk order of her favourite veggie sweets from an organic supplier.
She was rather shocked to find a huge number of polystyrene pellets (packing peanuts for our friends across the pond) with which the sweets were protected.
Cath is asking for reuse ideas as she can’t recycle them and I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.
My first port of call would be to check if they are, in fact, the compostable corn starch polystyrene and not the nasty non recyclable stuff at all. Mr Green has a rather unscientific testing method which involves putting a pellet in his mouth and chewing it – don’t try this at home kids! It is amazing to see the corn starch ones virtually disappear. If you’ve got these – dunk it in water rather than in your own mouth as our intrepid and fearless eco warrior insists on – then they can be composted – yipee!
If you’ve got the naughty sort then it’s down to creative reuse ideas. For me that means keeping them until I next send something breakable in the post. I sell the odd thing here and there on eBay, and polystyrene packaging peanuts come in handy.
When I’ve found myself stockpiling them I’ve offered them on Freecycle and surprisingly, they’ve been snapped up.
Another thing I’ve done with a few bits of polystyrene is thrown it in a seedling pot for drainage material; but it involves a messy and arduous job sorting it all out again at the end of the gardening season.
That’s about as far as my creative reuse ideas go at the moment, but I know we have plenty art and crafty readers, so I’m looking forward to being wowed by your suggestions.