Polystyrene tends to pop up whenever you order a product; especially if its something perishable. This is because its cheap to produce, can be fashioned into a variety of shapes and is capable of holding its form so as to protect that which it is packaging. In many cases, the polystyrene is fashioned into a Styrofoam box. This is not only great for protection for the item inside but it also allows a lightweight solution which is ideal when you consider the rising cost of postage.
However, once youve received your item in its distinctive Styrofoam box, you might be left wondering what to do with the box. Thankfully, there are many fun and useful ways you can put the expanded polystyrene packaging box to use in your own home and garden.
Below are just some of the clever and inventive ways that you can reuse polystyrene –
Its purpose at the beginning was to protect perishable foodstuffs, so it stands to reason that the best continued use of a Styrofoam box is to do exactly that. You could keep the box in the boot of your car for shopping trips, meaning that frozen products keep their core temperature and your fresh food stays fresh. Alternatively, you could keep a box in the home for when youre cleaning the fridge or freezer.
The beauty of a Styrofoam box is that it will retain its shape and cope with being roughed up. When it comes to childrens bedrooms this is a huge bonus so why not give yours a lick of paint and turn your boring white Styrofoam box into a brand new toy box? If youre feeling particularly brave, you could even let the children loose on the craft supplies!
You might have seen garden centres using Styrofoam planters rather than the traditional plastic trays. This is because the Styrofoam helps to protect the plants as well as keeping them moist. If the garden centre can do it, so can you. Whether youre growing and cultivating, or you want somewhere safe to keep your seedlings before transferring them to flower beds, the solution is clear.
Because theyre air tight and arent too affected by the air temperature, a Styrofoam box makes a great storage solution. Whether youre thinking tools and hardware, or out of season clothing, these boxes are large, deep and because theyre rectangular, they tend to sit well on shelves or in garages.
If youre feeling particularly brave or inspired, you could head over to a photo-sharing site such as Pinterest to get ideas on how to decorate your box, turning it from a dull white into a unique work of art!
Hopefully you have found these tips to be of use and are something that you’ll put into practice in future.
David has a keen interest in packaging materials. His articles on the subject inform readers on all available products including uses for expanded polystyrene packaging across the whole of UK.