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Subject: Reusing Zip Lock bags for shiping books
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 5/17/2008
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You know how lots of things are packaged in "zip lock" style bags, like Splenda and Baking Soda? Well, I like to save them and ship books in them because they are water proof and they don't rip or tear easily.  So far my post office hasn't had any complaints!  Only smaller books fit in them, but it does save on the packaging materials and keeps books dry!


Date Posted: 11/17/2009 2:00 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2006
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I use those air pillows that are used instead of foam peanuts.  They are the perfect size for most books.

Date Posted: 11/21/2009 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2009
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I use almost any plastic packaging I can find, the plastic sleeves paper cups from the bakery i work in come from, plastic bags from paper plates, forks, purses, bookbags, etc. Also I use the paper bags sugar comes in (i clean all the sugar out first tho!) as the outside wrapper too.

Last Edited on: 11/21/09 3:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: Re-Use Ziploc bags
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 12:11 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2009
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I like to re-use my ziploc bags that I used for my crackers or dry goods to send books, I just wipe them and insert books!


It works great!



Subject: Turn boxes inside out
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 4:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2009
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 I like to use cracker, popcorn, cereal, any kind of boxes that didn't have food directly against them.  I gently undo the glued edge and turn it inside out

retape the edge with packing tape, slip the books in tape the top and bottom attach the label and mail away.  Sometimes I'll cut down the box if its to big to better accommodate the books.  But of course I first wrap all my books in plastic.

I've been curious what people think when they receive there books in my inside out boxes.  Haven't had any complaints so I guess its all good.

Merry Christmas


Date Posted: 12/5/2009 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I don't have a problem with boxes, but I will not use plastic bags that have been in close contact with food.

Working at a school makes me very aware of peanut allergies.

Food remnents also can attract bugs--as the library sign says "No food or drink.  Food brings bugs and bugs eat books then there are no books."

I do reuse my ziplock bags--but I wash when I'm washing dishes and then reuse them for more food.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 6:43 AM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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I will reuse almost anything but am hesitant to use anything that has come in contact with food.  There is the chance of lingering scents from food.  Also particles of food left in bag could decay and cause damage.  Also people have alergies.


Date Posted: 7/14/2010 12:20 AM ET
Member Since: 5/12/2010
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I don't reuse plastic bags that had food in them. I do have a box of ziplocks that I write "Please reuse or recycle" on it so they are specifically for books only. No food. No problem.

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 8:40 PM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2006
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Iwrap the books in newspaper bags before inserting in envelopes.