At Force of Nature we believe in utilizing the entire animal. From the organs to the tongue, we try not to let anything go to waste. We feel the same is true about our packaging. Almost every part of our shipped package can be reused. Below are some fun ways to utilize your entire order.
WHAT TO DO WITH DRY ICE
(WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH DRY ICE TO SKIN. HANDLE WITH A TOWEL OR THICK/PROTECTIVE GLOVES)
- Use as a Mosquito Attractant - Dry ice is frozen CO2. Mosquitoes associate CO2 gas smell with food, particularly because they feed on people’s blood. Simply put, these little blood suckers depend on the CO2 smell from the gases we exhale to find where people are gathered. A slab of dry ice will attract all mosquitoes to the other end of the yard.
Giant Dry Ice Bubble Science Project (Fun for Kids!)- What you need: Large metal/glass bowl, dry ice chunk, water, dish soap, smaller bowl or glass, thin cloth or paper towel that can cover the top of the bowl.
Steps: Safely place dry ice chunk in the large bowl. Add some water and mist will immediately start to form. In a separate bowl or cup, add your dish liquid and submerge the thin cloth until it is fully saturated. Rub the top rim of the dry ice bowl with the dish soap cloth. Cover the dry ice bowl with the cloth and slowly/gently slide it off towards yourself. This may take a few tries but you should be able to capture the releasing mist into a giant bubble. From there, you can watch it grow until it safely bursts into a mist cloud.
WHAT TO DO WITH CARDBOARD
- Soil Cover - Earthworms flock to the dark, moist, safe habitat cardboard provides, leaving behind a nutrient-rich layer of worm castings–free fertilizer!
Use to Build a Bug Hotel - Fun DIY project that is great for kids. Building a bug hotel will help provide shelter for some beneficial bugs in your garden and attract more to join. First you will need a frame for your hotel (shoe boxes work great or make a frame using the Force of Nature box, or out of wood - think large bird house but without the front). Next you will need to collect some small items from nature: small twigs, straw, grass, leaves, bark that has fallen off trees, pinecones (just collect what you can). Other things you will need: Scissors, string, toilet paper rolls (without paper), newspaper.
Assembly: Starting from the bottom of the hotel, use the toilet paper rolls and newspaper to wrap up little bundles of the nature finds and place at the bottom of the box frame, stacking up. Cut the Force of Nature box into strips about wide as your box frame is deep and roll them up, tie the center with a string so they do not unraveled, and the stack inside your frame. You want at least 3/4 of your bug hotel filled with these. You can roll up small strips of newspaper into thin straws and stack to fill the rest. Place your hotel near your garden in a dry place (may need to bring under shelter if it rains). For more detailed instructions and images, check out the Natural History Museum Website: https://nhm.org/bug-hotels
WHAT TO DO WITH GREEN CELL FOAM
- Plant Food - BPI-certified Green Cell Foam is made from 100% organic materials, making it completely safe to melt and pour down the kitchen sink. It can also be dissolved in a bucket of water, which makes excellent food for plants. Compost in healthy soil and it will decompose in 60 days or less.
- Fireplace Kindle - Green Cell Foam burns safely and cleanly so you can use as kindling in your fireplace, grill, or backyard fire pit.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE RECYCLABLE PLASTIC FILM AROUND THE GREEN CELL FOAM
- Keep your Plants Watered When Away - Cut the film at one end and remove the green cell foam. Use the plastic as a bag (may need to trim access to make it the right size for how much water your plant needs and how long of a trip you will be on). Loop a cotton thread through a small sewing needle and tie a knot at the end (as if the needle was a pendent on a necklace). Use the needle and cotton thread to poke and hole in center bottom of the bag and pull through gently until the knot hits the bag. Use scissors to snip the needle free. Should have a wick made of two threads connected by a knot inside the bag at this point. Fill the bag with the amount of water you would usually water the plant in the amount of time. This may take some testing before you leave to make sure the water drains at a desired rate - you can add more wicks, if needed. Tie the bag off tightly with a piece of string and it is ready. (Note: Not all plants will like this method of watering. This is for plants that like wet soil 24/7.)
- Use as a Greenhouse for Seeds or Small Plants - Place seeds on top of a wet paper towel and place inside the plastic seal the best you can. Place somewhere that gets sun during the day - most seeds will start to sprout in 3 - 14 days. Place the bag over a smaller plant that likes moist soil to create a more humid environment.
- Dirt-free Transport for Plants - Use when transporting potted plants from the store to your home to keep your car clean.
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