Moving into your new home requires plenty of time packing, and packing requires tools, plastic bags, and a lot of big boxes. These plastics and boxes often times end up in a trash after you move into your new home and start organizing all your belongings. Although it is the usual practice, it is clearly not environmentally friendly.


Fortunately, you can move in smoothly into your new home without harming the environment. One way to do that is to use sustainable and recyclable materials instead of the usual plastic bags and boxes. Here are some of the alternatives you can use.

1. Luggage, travel bags, and handbags

Surely, you have bags you use for travel like a luggage or a big gym bag? You can use those instead of buying big boxes and plastic bags. Big boxes can be bought in bulk but they can be expensive. Using your own bags can not only save you money, it can also save the environment.

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In the rare occasion that you do not have a luggage or any big bag that you can use, you can always borrow from family and friends. And if that is not enough because you have tons of clothes and belongings, pack and transport them in batches if possible.

2. Eco-bags and paper bags

Eco-bags are made with sustainable materials such as

* Cotton fibers (natural, organic, and recycled cotton)

* PET (polyethylene terephthalate) that is a common thermoplastic polymer resin

* NWPP (non-woven polypropylene) a petroleum-based material

* Neoprene – a synthetic rubber that is insulated, durable, and machine washable

* Tapioca – Non GMO weed/plant that 100% compostable

* Woven baskets – woven basket made from wild grasses, water reed, sustainably grown palm leaf that are all renewable.

You can use eco-bags instead of boxes and plastic bags when you move. You can easily wash and store them afterwards or reuse them when you go grocery shopping.

Brown paper bags made of kraft paper that you get from supermarkets and paper bags made of hard paperboard that you get from stores and boutiques can also be used when you move. You can use the brown paper to wrap breakable items such as glassware before packing them in a box, and you can put light items such as clothes and cords in sturdy paper bags instead of plastic bags.

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3. Reusable plastic containers

Reusable plastic containers vary in sizes. There are those you use to store food and bigger ones for storage purposes such as crates and clear container boxes. They are sustainable and reusable. You can use them for storage especially if you decide not to throw or give away other belongings you do not really need for sentimental reasons.

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4. Shoe boxes

If you happen to have excess shoe boxes at home, you can also use them when you move. You can put cords, wirings, and small things that can easily be lost in shoe boxes. Simple group by category and label each box so you can easily find items that you need.

5. Free boxes

Once you have utilized every possible containers to put you stuff when you move, you can collect moving boxes without spending money. You just have to know where to get these big cardboard boxes for free. To help you out, here is a list of possible places and sources where you can score boxes free of charge. You just have to spend some time to search or ask around.

* Online like Craigslist

* Bookstores and liquor stores

* Your workplace

* Restaurants like Starbucks and McDonald’s

* Grocery stores

* Schools

You may also want to consult with a moving company if you’re looking for a better way to move larger items. Many companies now use sustainable packing materials for moving. Always keep the environment in mind in your daily activities because it will help you in the long run.

~Guest Blog Post submitted by Danielle Lee. Danielle is a writer for Her goal is to help people learn about packing and moving tips so they can save money and move their belongings efficiently. Connect with MoveBuddies on Facebook.