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I usually take all my styrafoam peanuts, bubble wrap, and packing materials to the local mailing store but I also recycle some of the bubble wrap as "poor man's dual pane windows". I live in an older house with single pane windows and you can feel the cold coming through the glass. Spray the window with plain water, position the bubblewrap to the window (bubble side towards the glass) cutting the bubblewrap pieces to fit the window. It will "stick" through contact with the water and will stay for months or years. It's amazing! The windows let in light but of course, you can't see out so I usually use the bubblewrap in the bedrooms and bathrooms where it's cold and an outside view isn't so important and where lace curtains hide the plastic (although it really doesn't look as bad as you'd imagine if you apply it carefully). I learned about this technique in a permaculture class on greenhouses and adapted the idea to a residential home. And of course, when you remove the bubble wrap in spring, you can still take it a mailing store if you want. It probably uses less plastic than all the styrafoam and packaging that come with new windows, which of course isn't in my budget right now, plus it always arrives in the cold of the winter, just when those back bedrooms get chilly! And it's free.
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