Moving may not seem like a environmentally harmful activity, but there are things that you can do to make your move more eco-friendly. Here are our best tips:
1. If it’s isn’t trashed, don’t trash it!
While you may not need your old kitchen table anymore, that doesn’t mean someone else might not want it. Instead of throwing it in the garbage, try putting an ad on craigslist to make a few extra bucks, or else donate it to Goodwill or another charity. There is a lot more than just furniture that can be donated or sold. Take are to give away clothing, old cell phones, old computer screens, and more.
2. Re-use boxes
Instead of buying new boxes, save money and the environment by using old boxes found at grocery stores, or even in friends’ basements. You can also try going to earthfriendlymoving.com and rent plastic bins that “rents for just a buck a box a week.”
3. Use green cleaning supplies
One of the more unfortunate side effects of moving is a lot of cleaning — both your old and new homes. Try using green cleaning supplies, or even consider making your own! You will be surprised how easy it is to clean green and it really does make a huge difference for the environment.
4. Recycle your packing materials
If you do buy boxes or packing materials, you can recycle them after the move, or even give them to a fellow mover.
There are many ways to make a smaller impact on the environment when making a move.