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Eight Great Things to Do with All That Bubble Wrap


After a move (or perhaps during a move if you went a little overboard) you may find yourself drowning in bubble wrap, especially if your municipal recycling service won’t take it. No worries. McKendree Moving & Storage offers eight great ideas for getting rid of it while doing the world around you a little good.

  1. Call your nearest UPS store and ask if they participate in the Eco Responsible Packaging Program. If so, they’ll happily take your leftovers.
  2. Give it to another local family planning a move. Find recipients via sites like Freecycle or post it on your social media pages.
  3. Go shopping. Use your extra bubble wrap to protect fresh produce from bruising and to make it last longer in the refrigerator.
  4. Get toasty. Lining the windows of your home with bubble wrap adds a temporary insulation boost, helping to keep your house warmer while reducing heating costs during the cold winter months.
  5. Grow stuff. Bubble wrap can help to protect your plants, flowers and young trees from the frigid temperatures during the winter time. It’s also a great way to trap heat in your greenhouse.
  6. Get creative. Do a search on sites such as to find fun arts and crafts ideas for making creative use of bubblewrap.
  7. Send stuff. Keep bubble wrap on hand for mailing fragile items.
  8. Pop it. You know you want to. After all, it can be a great momentary stress reliever. In fact, results of a study published in NYMag show that popping bubble wrap can help release muscle tension and nerves, which in turn reduces stress similar to finger tapping and foot jiggling.

If you’re just getting started planning your relocation to or from the Washington DC metropolitan area, call 800-530-2626 and find out how McKendree Moving & Storage can assure a smooth move.