I have a part time job at Pottery Barn. One of my favorite things to do there is work in the stock room. It's quiet in the stock room, and fairly orderly -- nothing like my day to day life as a stay-at-home-mom. In the stock room, I'm in control. I get to decide what box gets opened and where the contents get put. I get to line everything up all perfectly straight. Oooooo...I just love perfectly straight.
One of the things I don't love about working in the stock room is the realization that big retail = big trash. Seriously, the amount of trash that is generated is scary. The cardboard gets recycled, so that’s OK. But everything else...all the bubble wrap, the foam blankets, the styrofoam, all the packing material goes straight into the landfills. And I’m talking MOUNTAINS of packing material. It’s bad…really bad.
After using the bags as lounge chairs for a while, we emptied them and made a nice big moutain to play in. It was great for jumping on, hiding in, crawling through and kicking all over the place.
Of course, we popped plenty of it -- with our fingers, our feet...our bottoms (hee, hee, hee.) We also practiced our scissor skills by cutting some of it up. Cutting the foamy blankets was so much fun, Ladybug decided to see if it was just as much fun to cut up her skirt. Fun for her. For me, not so much. Oh well...live and learn.
So we've lounged on it, played in it, popped it and cut it, but now what? I just don't think it's trash yet. I'm keeping some of it for packaging up my Etsy products, but I'd have to be making hundreds of sales a week to go through this stuff. And while that would be nice, I don't think it's going to happen any time soon. So I'm looking for ideas. What would you do with all this stuff???