Packing bubble wrap is durable, reusable, and versatile. In different industries, it has been used for decades to pack and ship goods. The bubble wrap is also used by people for home removals for securing and protecting their fragile possessions.

However, bubble wrap is not biodegradable and continues to pollute the environment because it is made of plastic. Here are eight eco-friendly alternatives to bubble wrap that will reduce the amount of plastic waste created by bubble wrap use.


1. Hexcel Wrap

The Hexcel Wrap paper alternative to bubble wrap is branded. From renewable sources, it's a biodegradable, compostable, recyclable packing solution, this especially important on large interstate removals where a lot wrapping is usually required.

2. Corn Starch

The use of corn starch for packaging food is another environmentally friendly option. Additionally, it is biodegradable, organic, and cost-effective, making it ideal for shipping long distances.

3. Carton and Paper

Like corn starch, paper and cardboard come from renewable sources, are biodegradable, recyclable, and are very affordable and accessible. Most homeowners have paper and cardboard in their homes. These are suitable for packing sturdy items without special packaging.


4. Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers and magazines share the same accessibility and affordability as paper and cardboard. You may even have them lying around your house so you can use them for stuffing or to provide extra cushioning when packing for moving day.

5. Biodegradable Air Peanuts

If you are packing items in boxes, you can use biodegradable air peanuts to fill gaps. Due to their biodegradability, they are eco-friendly. Moreover, they are cheap and can be reused as many times as they remain intact quality-wise.

6. Mushroom

Mushrooms, like corn starch, are organic, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly. As it degrades easily, it is suitable for local shipping and moving.

7. Clothing that is Old

It is common for people to have a lot of old clothes piled up inside their homes. When you're packing up and preparing to move, you can use old clothes to cushion fragile items like glass figurines or vases if you're relocating soon. In addition to padding furniture corners, they can also prevent scratches from occurring.

8. Wastepaper in the Office

The same can be said for office paper waste, which can be used for cushioning items inside packing boxes and filling gaps. To take it out of the office and use it for personal purposes, make sure you have permission.

You may want to consider using the above packing materials next time you move if you want to contribute to sustainability efforts while saving money.

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