Cardboard Shreds: Benefits + Uses

If you’ve ever ordered products from us, you may have noticed we use cardboard shreds to package our goods. We stay away from styrofoam packing materials because we understand how detrimental styrofoam can be to our bodies and the environment. We strive to be a clean and green company for our employees, our environment, and you! Before we go over the many ways you can use cardboard shreds, we’d like to discuss its benefits too!

THE BENEFITS

Unlike styrofoam, cardboard is 100% recyclable and biodegradable! The majority of cardboard has the ability to completely degrade in as little as three months. This is environmentally awesome since styrofoam cannot be broken down at all! Styrofoam can only be recycled to make more styrofoam creating a never ending cycle and more harm to our planet. Based on our research, cardboard is a material with one of the least environmental impacts on our planet. When manufactured, emissions and CO2 levels are reduced by 60% compared to other materials. We love protecting our planet!

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THE USES

Cardboard shreds are not only better for our planet but they can be used in a lot more ways than you might think! 

  • Packaging
    • Cardboard shreds can cushion fragile items making it an ideal packaging product.
    • Using cardboard instead of styrofoam in packaging makes a difference! Consider all the packages that are delivered around the world. Now that’s a lot of packaging. And if every business used cardboard shreds instead of styrofoam, our little planet would thank us!
  • Animal bedding for pets and livestock
    • Cardboard shreds can be comfortable and fun for animals to lay on. It’s the perfect type of bedding! Use it for your cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more!
  • Fire starters
    • You can stuff cardboard shreds into toilet paper tubes to create a fire starter. It’s great for backyard fire-pits, fireplaces, and camping!
  • Composting
    • Cardboard can be a useful material when gardening because it’s rich in carbon. The carbon helps balance the compost which improves soil quality and suppresses weeds. Learn how to compost cardboard here.

OUR PROCESS

We’ve put together a video where we show you our cardboard shredding process. Happy recycling!

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Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Climate change is a serious issue that’s becoming more of a topic these days. Our carbon footprint is measured by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are released onto our environment. When there is an increase in greenhouse emissions, climate change comes into play. Climate change has led us to global warming. If we want to save our planet, not only for ourselves but for future generations, here are some tips and tricks that you can get started on to help out!

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Stop eating (or eat less) meat

Meat is one of the main contributors of food’s carbon footprint. The methane that is released from animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats are extremely bad for our environment. Red meat uses many resources and it produces five times more emissions than poultry products. Making one vegetarian meal a week can make a great difference, reducing the amount of carbon equal to driving over 1,000 miles.

Drive less

A study that took place in the US showed that public transportation saves 37 million tons of carbon emissions every year. Public transportation, walking, and biking are becoming more popular because it’s a good way to save our planet and get some exercise in!

Unplug your electronic devices

In case you didn’t know, all electronics use energy when they’re plugged in even if they’re off! Research has shown, in the US alone, that leaving electronics plugged in has caused up to $19 billion in energy draining every year folks! Once your electronic device is finished charging, unplug it! It’s that simple.

Conserve water

There’s only so much fresh water that we can enjoy. 96.5% of the water that’s on earth is too salty for human consumption! It’s so important that we conserve as much water as we can because we can’t make any more of it.

Eat local and organic

You may be wondering how eating locally will help reduce your carbon footprint. When you order or buy from distant countries, think about the journey that specific product has to go through. Planes, ships, trains, or trucks all contribute to the emission gases that are destroying our planet.

Plant a garden

Since plants absorb carbon dioxide, planting a garden is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. If you decide to start a garden, why not plant some fruits and veggies too?

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Food Trends 2020

At the start of every new year, we strive to improve ourselves with resolutions and new opportunities. We aim to eat healthier, get into more sustainable habits, and be a bit more adventurous when it comes to food. Here are a few food trends that will be definitely changing the way we eat and drink this year.

Meat-Plant Blends

Meat-plant blends are beginning to gain a lot more traction these days. Companies are acknowledging the fact that consumers are searching for new ways to boost their protein intake as well as increase their vegetable consumption. Welcome in meat-plant blends where these two proteins are combined to create foods that are flavorful and nutritious! Companies offer items such as chicken nuggets that include cauliflower and chickpeas, and beef patties with mushrooms mixed into it. You probably would not be able to tell the difference between the new blended flavor and texture! Give these new products a try the next time you are browsing for healthier alternatives at your local grocery store.

Plant-Based, Beyond Soy

Soy milk used to be the latest craze for plant-based dairy alternatives. Nowadays you’ll run into a variety of different plant-based milks at your local markets such as almond, coconut, oat, pea, and rice. Oat milk currently appears to be the most popular plant-based and dairy-free milk substitute. Additionally, it is vegan, naturally gluten free, and is packed with nutrients. You can find oat milk at grocery stores as well as specialty coffee shops near you.

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Healthy and Convenient

It can be challenging to incorporate healthy and convenient foods into your busy schedule. Thanks to the rise of freshly prepared and grab-and-go options, the only issue you will run into is deciding which tasty items you want be eating throughout the day. Nutrient rich and non-processed foods are now easier to find a local markets. Look out for pre-portioned fruits and snacks, smoothies, and meal kits.

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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is a farming process that practices to restore soil health without the use of harsh chemicals or disruptive methods. Paying special attention to water management and fertilizer use are a couple examples of how regenerative agriculture works. Other benefits of regenerative agriculture includes the increase of the soils water holding capacity, prevention of soil erosion, and the creation of ideal conditions for crop to become more resilient against bugs and diseases. The goal is to create long-lasting environmental benefits and positively impacts climate change.

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