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DIY Packing Materials for a Low-Budget, Eco-Friendly Move

Last Updated on: 13th January 2024, 07:24 am

Moving can take a toll on your wallet, energy, time and the environment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 36 million people moved between 2015 and 2016, with an average spending of about $9,000 per move! AMS Relocation is committed to making our community a better place, and part of that means saving you money through sustainable moving practices.

No need to overspend on expensive packing supplies, you have a treasure trove of materials right in your home. Our Milpitas local movers put together his list to help you reduce waste and repurpose things you already own to protect your furniture and items along your journey.

Instead of Boxes

Boxes are the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of packing supplies. Many people view them as a necessity, but oftentimes we see our customers packing up all their things in boxes and also moving empty suitcases. Fill any and all of these box alternatives before buying a bunch of cardboard:

  • Suitcases
  • Duffel bags
  • Large backpacks
  • Trash bags

Instead of Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts are one of the worst offenders in terms of environmental impact. These light foam ‘peanuts’ are made of polystyrene, which is made of a non-recyclable and toxic compound that has been identified as a possible carcinogen. If that isn’t scary enough, it’s expensive. Keep your items from clashing in boxes by using these materials instead:

  • Crumpled old newspaper
  • Plastic sandwich bags, inflated and zipped closed
  • Socks

Instead of Bubble Wrap

Your fine china, glassware and mugs are probably the most delicate items you’ll be moving. Bubble wrap is a standard choice for keeping these plates packed flat without cracking, chipping, or breaking. Ditch the plastic with these alternative packing supplies:

  • Clothes, wrapped around plates and dishes
  • Linens and towels
  • Aforementioned crumpled paper, layered

Moving alone can be tough when you don’t know where to start. If you think you’ll need a helping hand for your move, our Milpitas local moving company is here to assist. Give AMS Relocation a call today or fill out our online form to request a free estimate from our team!


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