Eco Friendly Packing Guide - August 16, 2020
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about moving is a stack of boxes. Convenient and efficient cardboard boxes have become an integral part of the moving process. You don’t even have to buy them, you can easily rent reusable moving boxes and return them after the move. But, what if you want to move without them or any other professional materials? Well, there are items you can use instead of professional supplies.
So what are the items you can use instead of professional supplies
How to pack without boxes? Is it even possible? Yes, with alternative packing materials. You can move without boxes if you replace them with other suitable containers that you already have at home. You will not only reduce the overall price of your move, but also save yourself the trouble of finding the right supplies. Here are some ideas for what to use instead of boxes when packing for moving.
Suitcases, backpacks, vacuum bags
While suitcases will certainly be your number one choice when it comes to packing moving clothes, they can also be used to carry a variety of other household items – documents, books, hobby supplies, games, toys, shoes, bed linen, and much more. Even fragile items such as plates and figurines (properly wrapped in soft protective materials) can be safely moved in structured suitcases as they provide a strong layer of protection for the items inside.
The backpacks are extremely versatile and comfortable. They can conform to any shape and provide any figure with the protection necessary to withstand the move intact. Both travel and city backpacks have many pockets that allow you to conveniently organize your belongings. The backpacks are lightweight, durable, and comfortable.
Vacuum bags are great for packing bulky soft goods such as bedding and winter clothing that take too much space. Simply place a few of these items in a large vacuum bag and suck the air out. The bag will shrink and take up practically no space in a moving truck. Your soft and bulky items will be conveniently packed in a pair of vacuum bags instead of several cardboard boxes.
Zip bags, baskets
Sealed plastic bags are the best option for keeping small items safe and tidy while moving. They are very handy for disassembling furniture – you can put all screws, bolts, nuts, and other small pieces of equipment in a zip bag and attach it to the piece of furniture from which the parts are to prevent them from being lost during the move. From picnic to laundry, all kinds of baskets in your home are the perfect items you can use instead of professional supplies. They will easily fit clothes, shoes, pillows, sheets, kitchen utensils, baby toys, and any other small items. Just make sure you wrap all fragile items in several layers of protective materials first and wrap the baskets with plastic wrap to keep the items securely inside.
When it comes to packing for moving, plastic bin boxes are probably the best alternative to cardboard boxes. They are lightweight yet very strong and durable, waterproof and weatherproof, and very easy to stack and carry.
How to pack without bubble pack
If you are on a tight budget or want to be more eco-friendly when moving, bubble pack may not work for you. It is quite expensive and does not degrade easily. In such cases, you will need a cheaper, greener alternative – and it should be easy to find. In fact, there are many good options at your disposal.
Wrapping paper, newspaper are some of the items you can use instead of professional supplies
Specially designed to protect delicate items, the soft and smooth wrapping paper wraps tightly around the item, protecting it from scratches, dust, and dirt. It takes up very little space and makes it easy to stack or bundle items wrapped in paper sheets. When crumpled, the wrapping paper becomes extremely resilient and provides excellent cushioning in the box. Plus it’s very cheap and environmentally friendly. Old newspapers and magazines can provide just as good protection for your belongings as wrapping paper. And you probably have a lot of them in your home so you don’t have to pay a dime for them. You can crumble them or rip them into strips and use them to provide extra padding and cushioning inside moving boxes.
Shredded office paper
Shredded paper is an excellent filler – it is very flexible and provides ideal cushioning for fragile and oddly shaped items. However, it is not recommended to use shredded documents containing confidential information. You need to be very careful to prevent identity theft when moving. Also, remember that shredded paper can create a mess in your new home when you start unpacking.
Old clothes, bed linen, and yarn
Clothes and bed linen you no longer need are among the best household items that can serve as packing supplies. Like towels, most clothing is also large enough and thick enough to provide adequate protection for fragile items during the move. For example, a single sweater can secure a large vase all the way to your new home. Sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths, and any other large soft fabrics in your home can be used to wrap your household items during your move. However, we do not recommend using new ones, as they may deteriorate in the process. Believe it or not, balls of yarn are the perfect cushioning and filler. If you have a few skeins or balls of yarn at home, you can place them around or on top of other items in packing boxes to fill in any remaining empty spaces and provide extra padding for your belongings.
Those were the items you can use instead of professional supplies
The possibilities are almost unlimited – just get creative and you can move your home easily, safely, and efficiently without boxes, bubble pack, or other specialized packing materials. Just find other items you can use instead of professional supplies, and everything will safely reach the destination.