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What is this packing material?

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by chinabeergeek, Nov 24, 2016.

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  1. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    this was what belgium-in-a-box used to protect the bottles in an order sent to me earlier this year. does anyone know where to get some? it's like plastic foam pipe insulation, except colored light blue. but the pipe insulation at home depot is way too narrow in diameter. wider insulation, such as for ducts, is always fiberglass, which is both way more expensive and hazardous. second photo below is roughly how a 750ml bottle was packaged by them.

    i find this material superior to bubble wrap in almost every way, especially when dealing with various bottle shapes and sizes, which can be quite wasteful of space when using a styrofoam/cardboard wine/beer bottle "shipper". efficiency of space is particularly useful when packing into check-in airline luggage.

    anybody know where to get more of this stuff, short of placing another order from belgium-in-a-box?


  2. Averwo

    Averwo Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Iowa

  3. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

  4. azurel

    azurel Initiate (0) May 27, 2016 Michigan

    Instead of tape use multiple rubber bands....Then you can easily reuse all of the supplies.....
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  5. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    i tried rubber bands once with luggage, but some of them still fell off. luckily nothing broke, but a couple bottles ended up very loosely wrapped.
  6. sludgegnome

    sludgegnome Pundit (864) Mar 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

  7. Bigrock

    Bigrock Zealot (745) Feb 4, 2013 Texas

    Some of the pool noodles used for floating around the pool are thin walled, 3/8" maybe with a large open core. I have cut them to make koozies before.:grinning: May be hard to find during the winter season though.
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  8. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Just place another order with B in Box.
  9. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Maven (1,281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Search for "trampoline foam pole sleeves". I am certain that is what they are.
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  10. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    AHA! i think you're right...
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  11. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Maven (1,281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I had to replace the foam sleeves on our trampoline recently. They can be difficult to find in stock at any store. I had to order online from Sears or Home Depot, can't remember which. They are fairly cheap and you can save shipping by doing an in-store pickup.

    I've never thought of this particular use for them, but I think they would work pretty well.
  12. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Kind of looks like pipe insulator to me. Something along the lines of this?
  13. readyski

    readyski Maven (1,399) Jun 4, 2005 California

    Man be thankful BiaB actually delivers to you
  14. colby600

    colby600 Pooh-Bah (1,919) Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut
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    It's pipe insulation available at Home Depot. It looks like you have 3/8" wall, but it also comes in 1/2" wall which would just provide more protection. We use a similar, but superior product where I work, but that should work fine for your application.
  15. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    I see in this stuff, or something very similar, all the time in FedEx/UPS packages at work. I think it's a pretty common packing material. If there's a place around you that does a lot of package shipping, stop in and ask if you can have some of their garbage. Worth a shot.
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