I just got my first snake, an anery brooks king, and currently he is settling in on packing paper. I would, however, like to upgrade once he's comfortable to a more visually appealing substrate as well as something he can nestle into. My big thing is finding something that is environmentally and financially responsible, so I was wondering if I can create some sort of fabric 'chips'; basically create many tiny strips/pieces of fabric that act like aspen that he can burrow into and I can simply scoop the soiled bits out when needed and do complete changeovers once every few weeks. I would hem these to stop fraying, then soak and wash the dirty pieces when necessary. I haven't found any websites where people have tried this, is that because it is a staggeringly bad idea? Currently my brooks is in a divided tank so I could feed him on the empty side with just paper to avoid him ingesting the fabric. I'd appreciate advice or even suggestions of other reusable substrates (I've already been advised to avoid reptile carpet). I think my alternative to this would be shredding newspaper so he can burrow and then I am repurposing product instead of wasting it.