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Why Choose Recycled Cardboard Bedding

Why choose recycled cardboard bedding?

Cardboard bedding is a good choice for animal bedding because it is absorbent, inexpensive, biodegradable, comfortable and safe.

Horse laying on S4Bed

Horse laying down on S4Bed

What are the benefits of recycled cardboard bedding for animals over traditional bedding choices?

Cardboard bedding offers several benefits over traditional choices of bedding such as straw and wood shavings:

1. Absorbency: Cardboard is more absorbent than straw or wood shavings, making it better at controlling odors and keeping the animal’s living area clean and dry.

2. Cost: Cardboard is often less expensive than other types of bedding, making it a cost-effective option for pet owners and breeders.

3. Biodegradable: Cardboard is made from paper pulp, which is a renewable resource and biodegradable, reducing its impact on the environment compared to other types of bedding.

4. Softness: Cardboard provides a soft, cushioned surface for animals to rest on, making it more comfortable than bedding options such as straw or wood shavings.

5. Safety: Cardboard does not contain any harmful chemicals or dyes, making it a safe choice for animals, especially those with allergies or sensitive skin.

6. Convenience: Cardboard can be easily obtained and disposed of, making it a convenient choice for bedding.


How long does cardboard bedding take to compost?

The time it takes for cardboard bedding to compost depends on various factors, such as the type of composting process being used, the size of the cardboard pieces, and environmental conditions such as temperature and moisture.

In a compost bin or pile, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months for the cardboard to break down completely into compost. The process can be accelerated by regularly turning the compost pile and maintaining the proper balance of moisture and air.

If the cardboard is shredded or chopped into smaller pieces, it will break down faster. In industrial composting facilities, where conditions are optimized for rapid decomposition, the cardboard bedding can be fully composted in as little as a few days.


In summary, while traditional bedding options like straw, wood shavings or others can be effective, cardboard bedding provides a good balance of absorbency, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact, comfort, safety, and convenience.

If you would like more information about S4Bed for your horse or small animals call us on 01342 659100


Equine Winter Stable Management

To leave Out or Bring In? … That is the Question

The last few days have seen a significant drop in temperatures.  We have had an increase in calls for cardboard bedding as ‘the big bring-in’ has started, and the rush before Christmas is in full flow. The cardboard bedding we produce is dust extracted.  The construction of the cardboard makes beds both absorbent and warm by trapping the warm air near the surface keeping the horses simultaneously off the floor and warm when stabled.

Horse laying on S4Bed

Horse laying down on S4Bed – Great Thermal Properties

The fact that it is dust extracted helps to ease the symptoms of conditions such as coughs and COPD, which often become worse when stabled. Obviously if a horse suffers from such conditions, they are often better kept out at grass, but if that is not possible cardboard bedding has shown to be one of the best solutions.


Horse hoofAnother benefit of cardboard is that it’s ideal for a horse that eats its bedding – it’s safe to say it’s not attractive or palatable to horses, so the risk of eating it and subsequent illness is minimal. It’s also shown to be a good alternative to straw for those horses prone to feather mites.


Many vet practices use cardboard bedding in their stables these days due to the properties mentioned above, so it is also a good choice for horses convalescing after surgery, illness or injury.



Easy to work with bedding…

As equestrians, we understand how busy lives can get organising your horses’ routines around work and other life commitments.  So, having a choice of bedding that is easy and quick to muck out is essential, especially in the dim light of the winter mornings and dark evenings.

Alongside your choice of bedding it’s important to supply or check:
  • Ample forage – horses might need more forage to keep their energy levels up and to avoid weight loss
  • Fresh water supply – checking buckets twice daily to avoid freezing
  • Rugging according to weather, temperature and horse condition
  • Avoid turning out those at risk of laminitis in frosty conditions due to high sugar content of grass but also be wary of colic
  • Watch out for symptoms of mud fever and rain scald in these boggy, wet conditions
  • Any changes in routine can affect horses so gradual changes from 24/7 turnout to stabling at night should be done over a period of time to avoid colic and other issues

If you would like to find out more about how S4Bed Recycled Cardboard Animal Bedding could be a good choice for your horse, pony or indeed small animal then why not give us a call on 01342 659100 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.



More information about winter regimes and horse care can be found via the British Horse Society website…