Another member had asked about using this type of product as bedding:
The description on ULine.com says:
- Five layered indented kraft [paper] won't tear or puncture.
- Embossed kraft paper is soft, non-abrasive and absorbent.
- Perforated every 15" for easy tearing.
Does anyone know of a reason why it couldn't be used underneath fleece as a disposable substitute to towels? I'm currently using cardboard and it does work well, but it's a little cumbersome and harder to dispose of.
This stuff is pricey, but our company has started using it as part of our new "green" initiative, and I'm thinking I could take some of the larger scrap pieces/discards home with me to use.
Mum -- here is the product I was looking at on ULine
And here is the same thing in a 10-ply.
Since they're both 1/4" thick, I don't see much advantage to the 10-ply over the 5-ply (plus costs more), and the sales rep I spoke with yesterday couldn't tell me, either.
I would think this stuff would make a great bird cage liner. We'll be getting a shipment of it on Friday...would you like for me to send you a sample, Mum?
I want to say that, because of your experimenting with cardboard, I too was using it for a time to cut down on wood shavings in the pigs' hay bins. It worked. It just became too time-consuming to keep cutting the cardboard into the right size.
I will be interested to see how absorbent it is.
I was using two layers, but a single layer seems to hold up just as well.
This is product is interesting. I have gotten together enough pieces to line the bottom of 3 of my 4 cages so far, and am already liking it better than either towels or cardboard. It seems to be holding up well (after 3 days), there isn't any odor, the fleece on top is staying dry (so far), and the boys haven't shown much interest in chewing it.
It's marketed as Kraft Cellulose Wadding, but it's pretty much just a textured, 5-ply Kraft paper. Comes in a 250' roll, with perforations every 15."
The five layers are held together with "seams," which make it even easier to work with:
1) lightweight; easy to work with and can be easily sized to any size cage or configuration
2) absorbent (although, unlike cardboard, it doesn't dry right away -- more like towels)
3) keeps the fleece dry
4) easy to store
5) provides softer padding underneath fleece vs. cardboard
1) not readily available
2) if an individual were to buy the stuff, it would cost a small fortune due to shipping
I'm going to contact ULine and see if there is any way this product could be made available in smaller quantities for "individuals." Somebody has really missed the boat by not marketing this for other uses besides packing material. At the very least, I think it would work extremely well as a bird cage liner.
- Supporter in '08
Incidentally, I did the shipping estimator on their website and for the 24 X 250 box shipped from BREINIGSVILLE, PA to my zip in central MD the estimated shipping charges are $12.91 via UPS Ground with 1 day shipping time. Oh - plus $70 for the product of course!