It’s not easy being green, but it could save you some green come moving day. Here are a few “Going Green” moving tips for the environmentally conscious mover. Going green doesn’t mean you have to spend more or compromise onthe quality packing materials. In fact — if done right — a green move could possibly even pay for itself. Here are some of the secrets of green packing and moving so you can make your move as environmentally responsible as possible.
The best way to start is to get rid of some things. When you have fewer things to pack up and move, the reduced weight will require far less fuel to transfer your belongings. Consider having a yard sale or donate some things to a local charity. This is a great way to reduce clutter and perhaps get rid of some old furniture that you won’t be using anymore. Plus, you will use fewer boxes and packing materials, an instant cost and carbon savings! In addition to the income earned though selling your old stuff, you can also use the value of your donated goods as a tax write off!
Also consider sourcing out free boxes. There are many great free box hotspots, a few which we identify in our Free Box post. This option is a win for everyone. Companies don’t have ot pay to have them hauled away, you don’t have to pay for boxes and the landfill is spared the extra garbage! Once you have moved into your new home, consider posting your used boxes online on websites like Craigslist or Facebook. If you can’t find any takers, then be sure to recycle them.
In the weeks and days leading up to your move, make an effort to enjoy the food you already have on hand. Why move it when you can eat it! If you can eat it, consider donating nonperishable foods at your local food pantry. Check out our post on “Moving a Kitchen” for ideas on how to donate food.
A few more tips:
- Use environmentally friendly deep-cleaning products when you are doing the final clean out of your house or apartment before leaving.
- Use old newspapers, towels, t-shirts or biodegradable packing peanuts when packing fragile items into boxes instead of using packing paper.
- Once in your new home, you can hold annual yard sales, continue use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and invoke regular recycling methods to keep your environmental footprint at a minimum.