One thing many people forget to think about when moving, is what they are will do with all the packaging after everything has been placed in the home. One item that has many uses is bubble wrap. If you find yourself with a ton of extra bubble wrap after moving, read on for tips on what to do with all of it before throwing it away!
Take it UPS
Some UPS stores participate in the Eco Responsible Packaging Program, and will gladly take your leftover bubble wrap. They also accept clean packing peanuts if you used them in your move. For more info, check out their website here ht tps://www.ups.com/ecoresponsible
Take it Shopping
Off to market? Bubble wrap can be useful for protecting fresh produce from getting squished or bruising, and to keep glass jars from breaking. Bubble wrap is also useful for insulating items to keep them cold.
Sell or Give it Away
You can easily find other people who need bubble wrap for their move. You can place it for sale or for free on websites such as Craigslist. If you are active on Facebook, there are many yard sale groups local to your area, which you can sell or give away the bubble wrap on.
Protect Fridge Items
When your vegetable and fruit bins get overcrowded, consider wrapping the more fragile items in bubble wrap, to protect them from bruising. You can also line the bottom of the bins for added protection.
For those frigid winters, you can place bubble wrap on your windows at night to help keep the heat trapped inside. If you don’t mind your window being covered up, add a layer or two of bubble wrap before installing insulating window film.
If you really don’t have any need for all that extra bubble wrap in your home, you can just recycle it. Check your local jurisdictions, but many do not allow bubble wrap to be placed with your curbside pickup. Instead, pay a visit to your local recycling center. Rhode Island places bins outside of their grocery stores and retailers, to make it easier to recycle bubble wrap and other types of film.
If you lease an apartment or condo, plan on moving within the next few years, and have the space for it, consider storing your bubble wrap for your next move.
If you enjoy arts and crafts, or need an activity for you and your children, save your bubble wrap and browse Pinterest for some great ideas.
If all else fails, keep your bubble wrap around to pop when you need to relieve a little stress!