In times when we need to save the environment and minimize our footprint on this planet, it’s good to start thinking more green.
This applies to every aspect of our lives and especially when it comes to moving house. When moving we tend to use lots of packing materials that are not recyclable or can take ages to degrade.
This is why we created a small and simple guide on which packing materials are eco-friendly and why you should consider using them.
If you are moving alone or with the help of professional movers like the H2H Movers team, we recommend you discuss a more green way of packing your items. With that said if you need professional help from movers to tackle your moving day, contact the H2H Movers team to schedule a date. And if you need help with picking the right packing materials, read along.
Reusable Bins and Packing Peanuts
Plastic bins are great ways to package your items and later on use the bins for storage. They can resist any rainy or snowy weather and the plastic is usually quite durable. You can find lots of sizes and shapes on shops like Amazon and even buy them in bulk.
The best part of bins is that they can hold anything inside nice and tight thanks to their lids. You can secure the lids with tape or rope to make sure that nothing falls out.
Another great way to keep your items safe is bio-packing peanuts that can disintegrate under water and leave no chemicals left. They are usually made from starch and are compostable. Packing peanuts are anti-static, dust-free, and abrasion resistant, so your belongings can be clean and safe during the trip.
Bio Bubble Wrap and Recycled Paper Tape and Furniture Pads
Other biodegradable and recycled packing materials that are our favorites are bubble wrap and furniture pads. Bio bubble wrap is the best way to protect any fragile items like glassware, china sets, and more. You can find bulk rolls of biodegradable bubble wrap online.
Furniture pads that are recycled can be another good alternative. Such pads are often made from recycled denim. In transit, they prevent scratches and nicks on your items, so everything arrives safe and sound at the new location.
Recycled paper tape is another good option. Such tape is made from recycled paper and this makes it easy to break down. Brown paper tape and such with water-activated materials are easy to find in lots of shops in different lengths and prices.
Recyclable Paper Tape and Alternative Household Packing Materials
Every household holds onto old packaging materials from different online purchases such as old boxes and bubble wrap.
A common household packing material is newspaper which can be used to fill, wrap or protect items when shipping.
Use any old socks, sheets, blankets, towels, and clothes to cushion your goods in their boxes or wrap them.
Last but least, you can easily find and use upcycled packing materials from different stores or moving companies that are throwing them away.