These shavings are excellent. Far superior to the sort of thing you buy in supermarkets or pets at home. Dust free and no overpowering pine odour. to make our guinea pigs sneeze. Please note, the 'bale' is huge. It's more like the size of shaving bales used for horses stables. We just keep it in the shed and fill a bucket as necessary. I bought it months ago and I've just used about half of it.