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Of possible interest for those of us who want Compost and Mulch For All:

Recently food orders arrived wrapped in 3-D paper packaging.

Not only is 3D paper packaging aesthetically pleasing, it can be used in my homestead gardens.

To my surprise, 3D paper packaging has been available for perhaps 2 decades.

Perhaps in reaction to plastic pollution in waterways, oceans, etc. 3D paper packaging apparently is now being utilized by major online shopping vendors.

After checking whether the brown paper used is coated with BPA (apparently not) I've been utilizing the 3D paper packaging as mulch.

No more worries about innocent invertebrates being inadvertently trapped in their ground burrows by heavy mulch. The invertebrates can get in or out if necessary.

What would be even better than current brown paper 3D packaging: hemp paper used for this purpose.

Related link:
https://www.ranpak.com/sustainability

I'm still tracking down who were the Brilliant Persons who made flat paper into honeycomb paper packaging.

Since one of my goals is "Keep It OUT of the bleeping landfill" this 3D packaging discovery is very pleasurable.

Example:
https://www.ranpak.com/products/geami-wrappak-ex

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I know this type of packeging. My first idee is too not use it as a mulch.
Why?
It does not exclude light. It does not make a barrier between ground and air. So it wil not be effective in surpressing weeds.
You could use it in the fall, when you have spoild fruit or dropped fruit and you put them in the compostbin.
It might hinder wasps to get too the fruit. It's a carbon source to your compost.
Or recycle it!
 
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Another detail that may be of interest is I have many ground-dwelling bees who live on my property.

There are also many ground-dwelling invertebrates who are doing their part to aerate the soil, etc..

I had been worrying about inadvertently trapping the ground-dwelling bees, etc.

So far I really like the honeycomb packaging as mulch. In some places I put a double layer.  I wish I had more of it.
 
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I would add it to any compost or mix it in to the ground. It is another source of organic matter, and since it is split, it should break down quickly.
 
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