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Recycle and Reuse Packing Materials

You are in your new home. You have finally opened all the boxes and have started unpacking. A new question pops up: What are you going to do with all those packing materials? For sure, you would not allow see them cluttered around your new residence. There are some easy eco-friendly solutions that you could do.

Boxes

  • Give them away. Perhaps you have friends who are waiting for their relocation date. Give them your packing boxes and they will surely consider you a heaven-sent.
  • Use as storage boxes. With the high cost of storage materials, your cardboard boxes can be used to keep items that you do not need for the meantime. Packing boxes are sturdy so they can last for a long time. Small boxes can be used to keep pictures and documents.
  • Use as playthings for your children. With kid’s imagination, boxes can turn to playhouses, cars or boats. Boxes are good to keep toys too. Decorate these boxes and children will have fun tossing their toys inside them. Your playroom will be clutter-free!
  • Boxes made of recycled materials can be sold to some packing companies. You earn at the same time help the environment.
  • Moving green companies sell cardboard packing boxes made of recycled materials. MoveMeAway.com have a listing of moving green companies, which you may contact to inquire which among are buying packing boxes.
  • Reuse them when sending packages. These boxes can hold a lot of items and could withstand shipping pressures.

Packing Peanuts

  • Give them to stores. There are stores who are willing to accept them and are thankful if you will.
  • Awaken the crafty part in you. Sew big pillows and use them as cushions for your pets.
  • Use as decoration. Put it on your Christmas tree to simulate snow chunks. Everyone will have a memorable first recycled Christmas tree in your new home.
  • Give away to people who are planning to relocate or ship packages. They will be grateful for helping them save money in buying packing supplies.
  • Place at the bottom of your pots to serve as drainage for your plants.
  • When travelling with breakables, use them to cushion the fragile items.

Bubble Wraps

  • Use to hydrate plants. Wrap around roots and stems after they have been watered. This will keep the moisture as the plants are moved or transported.
  • Keep your food cold during picnic. Wrap frozen food and drinks with bubble wrap to keep them cold.
  • Cover work surfaces and furniture when doing carpentry job to prevent scratches and chipping off.
  • Prevent bruises in fruits and vegetables. Before refrigerating, wrap them with bubble wrap.
  • Use as lining under carpets, doormats and mats. They are good in tool boxes too, to prevent damages of expensive tools
  • Send baked goods, fruits and even bottled preserves to friends and family. Wrap them with bubble wrap for protection. They will receive your goods in perfect condition.

Keeping it green with your family is always possible. Just be creative and innovative. Living green is smart and convenient too. Most of all, free from the hustle of clutter and garbage.

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