Shredded Aspen – A Most Sustainable Mess, Excelsior biodegradable packaging filler - Cairn

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Shredded Aspen – A Most Sustainable Mess

Ever opened your Cairn box and wondered, “What is this stuff? It gets everywhere!”

 

Those were our first thoughts too. And we know it has a tendency to make a mess. But the nature of shipping awesome outdoor gear to your doorstep demands that there is a nice soft bed for the items within to lie on. The journey of a box through the USPS to your door is a rough one full of knocks, falls, shuffles, kicks, and a handful of tumbles; and the last thing we want is for your monthly delivery of awesomeness to arrive any less than awesome.

So we’re left with a conundrum: use shredded confetti like what you’d find in the bottom of an Easter basket or at a Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday party or keep looking for a better alternative…

Enter: Excelsior Wood Fiber!




 

Excelsior (or wood wool) is sourced from Great Lakes all natural aspen, grown by members of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program, and then shredded into thin, curled wood strands becoming the perfect solution to ensure all of your curated items have a safe passage.

 

(Aspen photo courtesy of Scott Brill at seekraz.wordpress.com)

 

It is biodegradable and came to us from the world of archery (yes, Robin Hood) where it is banded into bales and used as targets.


 

 

 

 

And in addition to its many fine qualities, it’s incredibly practical as tinder for the campfire!

 

 

 

 

We hope you’ll agree that a little mess is a small price to pay for a sustainable fire starter that keeps your outdoor gear intact.

So keep an eye out for your next Cairn delivery and remember to pack out a little excelsior for your next camping trip!

 

 


Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy

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11 Responses

Josh
Josh

May 27, 2015

Great idea Cairn! It’s great ideas like this that sold me on a subscription. Keep it up!!

Nick
Nick

May 12, 2015

I love that it’s all natural! Go Cairn! Ready for my next box of goodies! :)

Wildbio_mt
Wildbio_mt

May 09, 2015

I instinctively shoved the tinder like substance into the hydro flask cloth and threw it in my hiking pack for starter fuel! Totally stoked I nailed it. Though i have a concern… We are suffering substantial loss of our aspen groves where im from, and marginally unsuccessful in restoring them. I am worried about the effect this new packaging market will have on aspen. Is Douglas fir or ponderosa pine also able to be used for this “wood straw?”. I love the idea of this wood alternative! And I will state again… I love the absence of plastic!!! You rock

Lisa
Lisa

May 09, 2015

Yes very cool and keep up the great ideas!!

Warren
Warren

May 06, 2015

Nice to know. I am going to use it to start my next camp fire and try the flint from this month’s box too!

Patricia
Patricia

May 05, 2015

I had a feeling that it was a product that was environmentally safe and recyclable. My first thought was to stuff empty toilet paper tubes and use them as fire tinder. Light weight, easy to bag and transport! Kudos to you. Yay!!!!

melaina
melaina

May 05, 2015

Cairn…you are seriously so cool

Stephanie
Stephanie

May 05, 2015

I am a big fan of reusable and renewable packing materials, and I appreciate your efforts in this arena. Personally, I think excelsior lends a festive appearance to the box as well. It also works great. Thanks for the info.

Matt Brown
Matt Brown

May 05, 2015

I figured that what it was for. 3 days ago when I got my shipment I grabbed the magnesium striker from my box and four strikes later the packing strands lit right up. Great idea.

Dan Powers
Dan Powers

May 05, 2015

First, thanks for being environmentally conscious with your package. Second, is the fiber compostable? I realize that it’s a natural wood product but is it treated with anything prior to use?
Thanks!

Paula Uhrin
Paula Uhrin

May 05, 2015

I have to admit that I was indeed wondering what that stuff was! I’m so happy the mystery is solved and now I know a great way to reuse it!

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