Construction Paper

Hand Hold Showing Blank Color Paper on Gray Background

Construction paper is one of our favorite things to do arts & crafts with our children. Using them in school is one of the few things that are almost universal for kids of all ages and definitely brings back nostalgia to big kids like us!

We asked our panel of tiny experts to help us find and try out all different shapes, sizes, and animals that could be made with the paper. 

Best Overall Construction Paper For Crafts

This pack of paper comes in 12 assorted colors. Our little experts loved how heavyweight the paper was since it was a bit more forgiving for folding, gluing, and all other kinds of crafts.

Key Features

  • Tough enough to take scoring, folding, and curling without cracking and tearing
  • Superior fade resistance for brighter, longer-lasting projects

Pros

Cons

Can you recycle construction paper?

Clean construction paper can be recycled with no issues. If it has glue, then it will not be.

Can colored paper be recycled?

Colored paper as long as it is free of glue it can be recycled.

Plastic Hangers

Clothing Hanger On Brown Table

Did you know that wire coat hangers can be used for much more than just hanging your coat?

One of our staff members Trevor, loves to use them for arts and crafts with his kids and family.

In fact, like the rest of our team’s closets, they’re found in practically every closet and other storage space in most homes.

Below our team has reviewed some of our favorite and not so favorite things about each of the wire coat hangers we tried, and what we used them for.

We’ve also made it super simple for you if you wanted to see more information about any of the particular hangers, all you’d need to do is click on any of the images of them and use the table of contents below.

Best Overall Plastic Jacket Hanger

This is hands down our favorite plastic suit jacket hanger by far. They’re extra wide and come in a pack of 15. They’re not only made of high-quality materials but have a high-quality look as well.

Key Features

  • Under shoulders have a trousers rack that can be used to hang trousers, with a Layering to prevent the trousers from falling off.
  • Extra mini hooks under shoulders can hold small articles like tie, scarf, A hanger can hang jackets, tie, scarf and pants at the same time.

Pros

Cons

Best Overall Plastic Jacket Hanger

This is hands down our favorite plastic suit jacket hanger by far. They’re extra wide and come in a pack of 15. They’re not only made of high-quality materials but have a high-quality look as well.

Key Features

  • Under shoulders have a trousers rack that can be used to hang trousers, with a Layering to prevent the trousers from falling off.
  • Extra mini hooks under shoulders can hold small articles like tie, scarf, A hanger can hang jackets, tie, scarf and pants at the same time.

Pros

Cons

Are plastic hangers recyclable?

Plastic hangers are typically made of multiple plastics, therefore making them impossible to recycle. The best way to recycle these are to re-use them or donate them.

How to recycle plastic hangers

Since plastic hangers can't go in your recycle bin, the best thing to do with them is re-use them or donate them.

Paper Towels

A paper towel roll

Almost every household utilizes paper towels.

Best Overall Multi Pack Of Paper Towels

Pack contains 8 Family Rolls of Bounty Quick Size paper towels, equal to 20 Regular Rolls.

Key Features

  • This pack contains 40 more sheets per pack which mean 5 extra days’ worth of paper vs. Bounty Select-A-Size 8 Huge Roll Estimated based on manufacturer data. Actual usage may vary by household.

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Are paper towels recyclable?

Even though they're called "Paper Towels", they are not recyclable like regular paper products are. This is because the fibers in paper towels are too small to recycle. You should place them in your trash.

Can you recycle used or dirty paper towels?

Paper towels in general are not recyclable even when clean. You should toss them in the regular trash.

What are paper towels?

A paper towel is a disposable and typically highly absorbent towel made of paper. They are intended for single use.

Waxed Cardboard

Cardboard Boxes Background

Frequently Asked Questions

What is waxed cardboard?

Wax cardboard is typically made of polyethylene plastic which is used to prevent the cardboard from wet. This barrier is not recyclable.

Potato Chip Snack Bags

Group of potato chips

Potato chips are one of the few foods that almost everyone on earth has tried. 

Best Overall Multi Pack Of Potato Chips

Kettle chips are a staple at most parties, get-togethers, and parties. However, they’re also phenomenal for eating solo, and for giving out to kids during outings.

Which is exactly what these bags are perfect for. This is a 30 bag variety pack with 4 delicious flavors. 

Key Features

  • 1.5 oz single-serve bags are great for snacking on-the-go
  • All-natural ingredients: Non-GMO Project Verified, No MSG, No artificial colors or flavors
  • 6 Sea Salt and Vinegar, 6 Krinkle Cut Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, 6 Backyard Barbeque, and 12 Jalapeno bags.

Pros

Cons

Best Overall Potato Chips In A Can

They say you can’t eat just one. Well the experts (chip lovers unite!) agree. In this flavored variety pack you get 15 cans. And while they’re in cans and not bags, they’re still just as great for taking with you anywhere or even just lounging at home popping one open.

Key Features

  • Packaged in a 20.6-oz box containing
    • 4 – 1.3-oz cans of  Original Flavored
    • 4 – 1.4-oz cans of Sour Cream & Onion Flavored
    • 3 – 1.4-oz cans of BBQ Flavored
    • 4 – 1.4-oz cans of Cheddar Cheese Flavored Pringles Potato Crisps

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Are potato chip bags recyclable?

Due to the shiny lining inside of potato chip and snack bags being made out of mixed material, these materials cannot be separated to be recycled and must go in the trash.

What are potato chip bags made of?

Potato chip and snack bags are usually made out of mixed material, including aluminum and plastic.

Are potato chip bags filled with nitrogen?

When you open a bag of potato chips, the "air" that the bag is filled with is in fact nitrogen gas.

Are potato chip bags biodegradable?

Almost all potato chip bags are not considered biodegradable.

What are chip bags made of?

Almost all potato chip bags are not considered biodegradable.

Padded Envelopes

cropped shot of businessman holding envelope with documents at workplace

Pencils are among the first things most of us can remember using the first time we ever wrote. Not only do they hold great nostalgia, but they’re also one of the most useful and, in some cases, required ways to write.

For example, #2 Pencils are often required for most tests across schools in the United States. Colored pencils happen to be a favorite staple for kids and artists.

We’ve also made it super simple for you if you wanted to see more information about any of the particular pencils, all you’d need to do is click on any of the images of them or use the table of contents below.

Best Overall Padded Envelope

Almost all of the kids and adults we spoke with agree that these are the top choice for #2 pencils. Not only are they multi-colored (instead of only that boring Orange/Yellow color), but they’re high quality as well. And yes, they are 100% good for standardized tests that require #2 lead. 

Key Features

  • Waterproof
  • 10 light weight bubble cushioned mailer envelopes.
  • Interior is built with bubble lined wall construction for extra protection during transit, ensuring the packages arrive in great condition.

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Are padded mailers recyclable?

If the padded envelope is made of bubble wrap and cardboard, you would have to separate the two of them to recycle individually. If the envelope is cushioned with paper, then the materials are the same and you can recycle as is.

Are bubble wrap envelopes recyclable?

Bubble wrapped envelopes and mailers can only be recycled if you separate the bubble wrap from the envelope. This insures they can be recycled appropriately.

Parchment Paper

parchment paper with a variety of cooking items on it

Having eaten at over 200 food trucks across the globe, there’s one common serving item used in most of them. Parchment paper.

Not only is this handy for food trucks, but also for baking at home, and a variety of other uses. If you’re looking to purchase some, or find out more information about them feel free to use the Table of Contents below or click on any image as well.

Best Overall Parchment Paper

When we started realizing how popular parchment paper was in the Food Truck industry, we began asking the chefs where they bought theirs from. Surprisingly, most of them said at Costco! Kirkland Signature is Costco’s brand and it’s undoubtedly the overall best.

Luckily you don’t need a Costco membership to purchase it.

We found a way for you to get it directly from Amazon by clicking the button below or the image above.

Key Features

  • Genuine Vegetable Parchment Paper
  • Excellent Release
  • Kosher

Pros

Cons

Our Favorite Butter Paper For Baking Online

These butter paper (parchment) sheets impressed us. Not only are they no curl, no tear, and no burn, they’re also pre-cut!

Key Features

  • Food safe double-sided coating that guarantees your food will slide off the baking sheet.
  • Sheets withstand up to 450 degrees and won’t burn or curl.

Pros

Cons

Paper Baking Cups For Cupcakes

These butter paper (parchment) sheets impressed us. Not only are they no curl, no tear, and no burn, they’re also pre-cut!

Key Features

  • 500 pack of white paper baking cup liners.
  • High quality, sturdy, standard size

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Is parchment paper recyclable?

Parchment paper typically has a layer of silicone on it which is used to prevent food from sticking. Due to this, it's not something you would normally put in your recycling bin.

Can wax paper be recycled?

Wax paper is often confused with parchment paper. Their difference being the coating. Wax paper is covered in wax, therefore it cannot be recycled.

Can you compost parchment paper?

It is not recommended to use parchment paper as compost due to the lining of it.

What is butter paper?

Butter paper is more commonly known as wax paper.

Can parchment paper be reused?

You can re-use parchment paper when baking things such as cookies. It won't work well for most other things, but it is fantastic for re-using with cookies.

How do you use paper baking cups for cupcakes?

Put one paper baking cup in every section of your muffin pan. Then fill each of the paper baking cups until they're about 2/3 full of your batter. Make sure to wipe any spilled batter from the pan to prevent it from burning. We recommend using a paper towel.

Can I bake cupcakes in just paper cups?

You can bake cupcakes in just paper cups as long as you have a couple of them stacked together. This ensures they'll be sturdy enough once the batter is poured into them. Normally the muffin tin would be responsible for the sturdiness.

Can you use paper liners for cupcakes?

Wax and paper cupcake liners are not grease proof. This means that grease would go through the paper and make a big mess. You could foil liners as an alternative option.

Tissue Paper

Young teenage girls arranging teal colored tissue paper in a gold striped gift bag for friend’s

We all have great memories of tissue paper. Whether it was using them for arts and crafts in school, or pulling them off of the awesome presents they were covering.

We go over which is the best overall tissue paper as well as answer some common questions asked about it in our table of contents below. Feel free to use it to jump exactly to where you want to go quickly.

Best Overall Tissue Paper

Between our team, we have some HUGE families. So there’s a lot of gifts given for a variety of celebrations. That’s why this 240 multi-color pack is our overall choice. You’re able to choose any color for whatever the occasion may be.

Key Features

  • 240 Multi Colors including white with tips and striped colors.
  • Premium look.
  • Perfect for gifts of all occasions.

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tissue paper recyclable?

Tissue paper typically has  been recycled already. Due to this, it's not something you would normally put in your recycling bin.

If this is an issue for you, then you should consider choosing recyclable alternatives to tissue paper for gifts.

Is gift tissue paper recyclable?

Gift tissue paper typically has  been recycled already. Due to this, it's not something you would normally put in your recycling bin.

If this is an issue for you, then you should consider choosing recyclable alternatives to gift tissue paper for gifts.

Pencils

Pencils

Pencils are among the first things most of us can remember using the first time we ever wrote. Not only do they hold great nostalgia, but they’re also one of the most useful and, in some cases, required ways to write.

For example, #2 Pencils are often required for most tests across schools in the United States. Colored pencils happen to be a favorite staple for kids and artists.

We’ve also made it super simple for you if you wanted to see more information about any of the particular pencils, all you’d need to do is click on any of the images of them or use the table of contents below.

Best Overall #2 Pencil

Almost all of the kids and adults we spoke with agree that these are the top choice for #2 pencils. Not only are they multi-colored (instead of only that boring Orange/Yellow color), but they’re high quality as well. And yes, they are 100% good for standardized tests that require #2 lead. 

Key Features

  • Five bright, neon colored pencils that glow under use of a black light 
  • Exclusive #2 graphite formula provides extra smooth performance
  • Latex-free erasers remove marks completely without smudging.

Pros

Cons

Best Overall Mechanical Pencil

We have tested over 50 different kinds of mechanical pencils, and this one was the overall favorite everyone agreed upon.

Key Features

  • 4 Pencil Sizes: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 & 0.9 mm
  • Premium look. It looks more like a pen than a pencil.
  • A high quality looking gift for all occasions.

Pros

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pencils recyclable?

The wood in pencils is treated, processed, and painted multiple times. After this process, the wood is no longer recyclable.

What kind of things can you make out of pencils?

What to do with old colored pencils?

Are mechanical pencils recyclable?

Mechanical pencils are usually made of a mixture of metal and mixed plastic. Since they are made of a mixture of metals and plastics, this makes them impossible to recycle.

Wire Coat Hangers

clothes hangers;

Did you know that wire coat hangers can be used for much more than just hanging your coat?

One of our staff members Trevor, loves to use them for arts and crafts with his kids and family.

In fact, like the rest of our team’s closets, they’re found in practically every closet and other storage space in most homes.

Below our team has reviewed some of our favorite and not so favorite things about each of the wire coat hangers we tried, and what we used them for.

We’ve also made it super simple for you if you wanted to see more information about any of the particular hangers, all you’d need to do is click on any of the images of them and use the table of contents below.

Best Overall Wire Metal Coat Hanger

We have tested over 50 different kinds of wire coat hangers, plastic hangers, and everything else you can use to hang clothing on, and this one was the overall favorite in the house. 

Key Features

  • Vinyl coated wire for clothing protection
  • Sturdy steel construction to prevent bending
  • Multi-pack of 36

Pros

Cons

Are coat hangers recyclable?

Plastic coat hangers are ok to recycle. However, wire coat hangers should not be placed with your recycling items.

Can you put wire hangers in the recycle bin?

Wire hangers that are bent up or unwound or otherwise unusable, can be recycled with scrap metal. Please do not put them in your curbside recycling bin as they create all kinds of havoc at the recycling sorting facilities.

Are plastic coat hangers recyclable?

Yes. Plastic hangers are recyclable.

Are metal coat hangers recyclable?

Unfortunately metal coat hangers jam the machines quite often in the recycling facilities. Please do not put with your recycling.

How do you dispose of coat hangers?

  1. Give away to any local clothing store.
  2. Bring to dry cleaners. Most will take it happily.