7 Ways to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 15 Oct 2015 11:03

For most people, moving is the worst chore imaginable. Packing, cleaning, and hauling boxes can be tiresome to say the least. Though you don’t want to add any more responsibilities to your list, there’s one more thing everyone should consider while moving: how to make the move more eco-friendly.

Luckily, if you do it right, this can actually make your moving process easier, while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time.

Here are just a few tips you can use to make your next move a little greener.

1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Closet

If you want to make the entire moving process easier, going through your closet is a great place to start. You’ve likely kept years of clothing, shoes, and accessories stored away for a rainy day. Comb through the items and decide what you don’t really need. Donate clothing in good shape to a local thrift store or charity center. Then take your old, worn out shoes and drop them off at a Nike recycling center.

2. Use a Green Moving Company

When looking for a moving company, there are several things to consider if you want to help the environment. To begin with, find a moving company near you, so they don’t have to use a lot of fuel. A company with plenty of locations and trucks is ideal. If they’re willing to donate old furniture, recycle your trash, and clean up after you, sign up with them right away.

3. Rent Crates or Bins

Ditch cardboard boxes in favor of crates or bins that you can rent. Many companies are developing an eco-friendly way of moving that allows you to rent heavy-duty crates at a price comparable to buying moving boxes. These are much nicer for moving because they’re stronger than cardboard.

4. Use Non-toxic Cleaning Supplies

Reduce the amount of chemicals you use to clean after the boxes and furniture are out of the way. Look for nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaning supplies that are better for your body and the air. If you don’t want to purchase these products, feel free to make your own.

5. Consider Your Destination

If you haven’t found a new place to live yet, consider moving to an environmentally friendly neighborhood. Check out the neighborhood’s walkability score and access to public transportation. If you’re renting, look for a place with ENERGY STAR® appliances that will conserve energy.

6. Be Creative with Packing Material

Instead of buying packing peanuts and paper to cushion your dishes and other breakables while packing, look around your house for items you can use. If you have a few old newspapers stacked up, use those to wrap your dishes, and then recycle the paper when you get to your new place. Cotton t-shirts and other sturdy clothing items also make great packing materials and provide better padding than packing peanuts or paper.

7. Start Fresh

Once you arrive at your new home, make a resolution to foster environmental consciousness. Sign up for a recycling service, use LED light bulbs, buy new appliances, purchase a bus or train ticket, update the insulation in the home, and look for ways to generate alternate energy.

Moving to a new place is the perfect time to get a fresh start, and by inviting Mother Nature into the mix, you’ll be able to successfully reduce your carbon footprint and do your part for the environment.

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