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Make Your Own Horse Bedding from Cardboard

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Cardboard Shredders for Making Horse BeddingWhen you think of cardboard, the last thing that probably comes to your mind is horse bedding. Believe it or not, however, shredded cardboard is quickly becoming a favorite horse bedding material for horse owners. There are many reasons why this is the case. I would like to cover all of the reasons in this article and would like to recommend some cardboard shredders (found here) that you may want to consider using for your own horse bedding production.

At ABC Office we sell a lot of office equipment and supplies designed to help streamline and simplify business operations. A few years ago we started noticing that stable operators and owners were purchasing cardboard shredders. As we came to find out, these people where purchasing the shredders to quickly and easily shred cardboard down into soft horse bedding. So why use cardboard?

Advantages of using cardboard for horse bedding:

  • Availability – Cardboard is readily available. In fact, many department stores simply throw away used boxes and are more than willing to give them away. This means zero cost for the actual cardboard material.
  • Environmentally Sound – Cardboard quickly breaks down back into soil, making it excellent for compost and for environmentally sound disposal. This is also a material that is often thrown away, allowing you to get a second use out of it.
  • Texture – While you may think cardboard sounds uncomfortable, it is actually remarkably soft. From what customers have told me, horses love to lie down and sleep on it.
  • Cleanup – Sweeping up, shoveling and cleaning soiled or old cardboard shreddings is very easy and is actually easier in many cases than straw or wood shavings.

Things to watch out for:

  • Staples – You don’t want sharp objects in your shredded cardboard as this may pose a health hazard to horses. While many boxes are glued together, some are stapled. If you are using boxes that include staples, be sure to remove them before shredding the boxes.
  • Dust – The cardboard shredders we offer cut cardboard in a waffle pattern that creates very little dust. If you aren’t using a dedicated cardboard shredder, you will want to be careful that there isn’t too much dust that could adversely affect the respiratory health of the horse.

Different Cardboard Shredder Models:

  • HSM Profi Pack 400 (found here) – This is a very affordable and compact cardboard shredder that is perfect for areas with limited space. It uses hardened steel rollers to quickly chop up cardboard into horse bedding.
  • Martin Yale PacMate (found here) – This shredder easily sits on the end of a table or bench and has a nice bag holder for catching the shredded cardboard as it leaves the machine.
  • HSM Profi Pack 425 (found here) – This is the king of all cardboard shredders and is excellent for shredding a lot of cardboard throughout the day. It can handle cardboard in upwards of 2-3 layers thick. This shredder cuts down cardboard at a speed of 39 feet per minute, making it extremely fast.

All three of the above-mentioned models work great and have proven themselves to be solid machines. They are all easy to use and can all be used for creating horse bedding. We are more than happy to send you a sample of shredded cardboard upon request. If you have additional questions about cardboard shredders and how they work, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Top Seven Best Shredded Paper Recycling Ideas

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Paper Shredder RecyclingI have had several people ask me what they can do with their shredded paper. Many of them don’t want to simply throw it away. I can understand the desire to re-use the paper rather than waste it. This desire may be driven by environmental concerns or simply because people want to try something new. Here are a few suggestions that customers have passed along to me.

A lot of these suggestions will depend entirely on whether or not the paper shredded contains highly sensitive information or not. Take that into consideration.

Top Seven Best Shredded Paper Recycling Ideas

  1. Animal or Pet Bedding – Many customers have told me that they have used their shredded paper for animal bedding for bird cages, hamster cages and more. Many animal shelters will also use shredded paper. I have been told that cross-cut paper doesn’t work as well because there is too much paper dust that aggravates the animals. I have had customers buy strip cut shredders (found here) purely for the purpose of shredding paper for animal bedding.
  2. Gardening Compost – I can’t give you the exact recipe, but I have had people tell me that they use their shredded paper (since it is mostly organic anyway) in a compost pile mixed with veggies, leaves and other bio material. They swear by it. Can’t say I’ve tried this myself.
  3. Packaging Material – Much like cardboard shredders, many people like to use strip cut paper for packaging material. This may be fore the E-bay entrepreneur or for warehouse operations. Again, cross cut paper doesn’t work as well for this one.
  4. Paper Recycling – Some paper recycling plants will accept and recycle shredded paper. The problem is that many will not take the paper because it may contain metal fragments such as staples or paper clips that makes recycling next to impossible.
  5. Moisture Absorption – I have read about people putting a little shredded paper in the bottom of their kitchen trash to soak up moister, helping cut down on odors.
  6. Fire Kindling – Let’s face it. If you’re camping, paper is a great way to start up a campfire. Shredded paper lights up even faster.
  7. Floor Cleanup – I have had people that tell me they will sprinkle cross cut shredded paper on the floor to clean things up. This may be to soak up oil on a garage floor. Some people have told me that it binds well with hair, dirt and other material often found in workshops, gymnasiums, barber shops and other floor surfaces where it can then be swept up.

Hopefully these ideas help you get the most out of your shredded paper. Are you in need of a shredder? You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Ever thought about recycling your shredded paper?

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Industrial ShreddersHave you ever considered recycling your shredded paper? Although recycling shredded paper, as compared to non-shredded paper, is more complicated, it can be done. Many people also use their shredded paper as compost.

If you have properly destroyed sensitive information, you can take those shredded particles and recycle them. If you shred a lot of paper, or work for a large business, you may want to consider a shredder baler. Shredder balers shred dozens of sheets of paper at once, compact the particles and bale them. The bale looks much like a bale of hay you would see at a farm.

Baled paper is very dense. It is easy to transport with a cart or a hand truck. The baled paper can be stored in a warehouse or loaded on a truck where it can later be recycled. One bale of paper, usually about the size of a box, contains the equivalent of several bags worth of shredded paper.

Shredder baler combinations vary in size. Some can fit in an office environment, where others will fill a small warehouse. Shred services often use shredder balers in their trucks due to the limited space. Shredder balers vary in the amount of papers they can shred at any given time. Some high-volume shredder baler combinations can shred up to 400 sheets of paper at once.

Old cardboard can now be recycled into packaging material.

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Cardboard ShredderOld cardboard is usually thrown away, incinerated, or thrown into a compactor. The owner of the cardboard will usually never see it again. Cardboard also takes up space and gets in the way. There is now a way to take that cardboard and turn it into free packaging material. This saves you both space and money while allowing you to be environmentally friendly by recycling old cardboard. This is a viable alternative to foam packaging
peanuts that make a mess and are non-biodegradable.

Since most warehouses receive boxes, packages and goods on a daily basis, there is usually an ample supply of new boxes. Many warehouses will be able to eliminate packaging peanuts altogether due to the continued supply of boxes. Because boxes are free or cost very little, money is saved by cutting back on other packaging materials. With gas costs on the rise, many warehouses see the need to turn to cost-saving practices such as cardboard shredders.

The process of taking cardboard and shredding it into packaging is very simple. Old unused cardboard is first run through a slitter that cuts the cardboard down to the ideal size for the shredder. Once the cardboard has been cut to size, it is then run through the cardboard shredder. The shredder takes the corrugated cardboard and cuts it into a waffle-like packaging material. The shredded material resembles an accordion
and is very pliable, allowing it to be easy molded around different objects. The finished product can be easily placed into a container for secure packaging.

The cardboard shredder itself has a small footprint and will easily fit in almost any warehouse. All shredding operations can be done in-house and the machine only requires one person for operation. Most people that use the shredded product are very impressed with how easy it is to use and how effectively it shreds the cardboard. Free shredded cardboard samples are available upon request.

You can see one of the many cardboard shredders available through a demo by going here.

An entire list of cardboard shredders can be found here.

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