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Hey everyone, I can't take it anymore! At my workplace, I work in the shipping/receiving department...all kinds of new and strange packing materials come in. We generally are able to re-use things like the bubblewrap and boxes, but there are some things I just don't know what do do with, and I feel horrible throwing them away..Maybe you guys can help? We get ALOT of foam, all shapes, sizes, and textures, and I have no idea how to reuse it...then we also have these long rectangular tubes that hold electronic chips in them, however when they get to us, we take them out and put them in bags, so we no longer need the thin tubing, do you guys have any ideas? I've attatched photos. Thanks! Lita L.


isolation for hot water storage (good for solar projects) silencer for air conditioner ducts / computer bathroom carpet parts in furniture from recyled stuff (not fire dangerous when used in really small amounts) can be wrapped with foil to make it fire safe

Use the foam to insulate your garage or shed. Thats what I did

I'd have second thoughts about that since it is not fire rated flame-retardant foam for building insulation. There was that tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island because they used regular foam for acoustic tiles on the stage and the pyrotechnics in the show set it ablaze trapping the people inside. And a garage or shed is the likely place you will store your flammable liquids and such.

Hmmm, good point. My shed already had foam walls I just added the ceiling (only got 1/2 of it so far :P). When you hold a lighter to the original stuff it just melts (takes awhile to catch) and my panels are the same. I suppose you wouldn't want to risk a garage since most of them are attached to the house unlike the shed that would burn and be done.

if you divide it to pieces and coat with something unflammable that does not come off easily (in high temperature) it should be safe then for example wrap each block with metallic foil before installation use inside flame resistant ducts that cannot catch fire inside use outdoors - there is lots of flammable stuff there anyway and vapors of burning plastic dont concentrate to the amount that can kill

I used it in the dog house (( if the dog starts smoking and burns his house down well thats his problem ))

Ack! what if his TV shorts out? You could end up with one oversized Hot Dog ! LOL

his TV, wait a minute I live in the garage not the dog house....

I meant the Dog's tv (remember Snoopy? Or Marmaduke? )

I do, but I'm always in the "dog house" <> so I like to joke about it

Ohhhh! I would really like to get my hands on that foam. If you know anyone who keeps aquariums, the foam can be used to build great air driven filters. I have been buying the commercially made ones, but my fish have started to eat them(!) I have lots of theories on that, but I think that it is the large Plec*s that have figured out that they can munch on them when they think I haven't feed them enough. Some foam has a fungicide in it. It would be good to know if yours did or didn't before using it with fish. Second use. We collect agates and many rocks. Now agates have a hardness of 7.5, so it is unlikely that they will break or scratch. That said, no one can stand to even think of their beautiful rocks being scratched or chipped. It is common practice to line an old brief case (available cheap at garage sales) with foam to protect them. When the case is closed, the foam is compacted, and the rocks are held in place. That way you can quickly open the case to show them, but don't have to go through the hassle of unwrapping paper or bubble wrap. Many individual rocks can be worth $1500 or more. (I once held an agate in one hand that was traded for a Harley Davidson.) I use foam to arrange faceted stones and hand made jewelry for display and transport. Put foam in box, arrange items, put on lid with glass. Everything is visible and protected. Do you live anywhere that there is a Craig's List? I am sure that people would jump at the chance to get the foam. I also think that your employer would be happy because it would be removing a lot of stuff from the waste stream. - But you might want to clear it with them so that they dont' think that you are stealing. If they think about it, you are helping them.

Along with Craigslist, you may also try Freecycle if the boss doesn't mind giving it away.

The tubes may make a good housing for a rail gun of some kind.

at work, the "tea bags" come on plastic slider tubes like those that house IC's except they are open (not a closed tube). I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out if I can salvage these (about 20-30 of them are pitched away daily here).

Wow that's awesome! You guys definitely helped out... Keep em' coming if you think of any more!

It is great for reshipping items if you do much of that (my wife does a lot of eBaying so that is the first thing to come to mind). It's great for storage of glass items and such also. Thin slices could be used to insulate clothing, and bigger chunks to make pillows, elbow pads (if you are into anything where you scrape them), carve into a fake brain for next Hallowe'en....give your home work room the Padded Cell look :-)

I used similar foam in an old army ammo-can to make a near indestructable Camcorder case.

Have a carnival and fill up an above ground pool with foam blocks for the kids to play in. Make the giant beanbag chair. Make a moonbounce jumping pit. Make a giant landing cushion to practice movie stunts and wrestling - professionals only... Make giant sumo full body armor suits to have jousting. Have fun! Good luck.

Glue all of the foam blocks together and carve a statue! Or something else besides a statue!

. The chip carriers are most likely anti-static, if that gives you any ideas.

Build furniture from the foam, and CD racks from the tubes.


9 years ago

If you have big enough pieces of foam, you could shave it off into an object, and make a huge mold of sorts. :D

Foam armor? Boffing gear? A giant cushion?