With all there is to keep track of during a move, it can be easy to forget just how many resources are needed to make your relocation go smoothly. There’s moving boxes, packing materials, unwanted items that get thrown away, not to mention all of the fuel used during transit.
Having an eco-friendly mindset is very popular these days, and when it comes to your move, there is plenty you can do to keep your waste to a minimum. Here are a few green moving tips that will help you have an eco-friendly move:
1. Find an Eco-Friendly Moving Company
This is the easiest way to have a green move. When researching professional movers, be sure to ask about any environmentally-friendly initiatives they have in place at their company. Does your mover have any bio-diesel trucks? Does it have any recycled packing materials available for purchase? Not every mover will have these programs in place, but some do, and it makes a big difference.
A professional mover will help you stay as organized as possible during packing and loading too. They will help you maximize space and resources, meaning less trips between houses, which will save on fuel.
2. Start with What You Already Have
If you are a DIY mover, gather up any plastic bins, cardboard boxes, and any other containers you already have and begin packing with those first. Not only will it save you some money, but it will cut down on waste later. To save space in the moving truck, you can use pillows or small blankets as padding for fragile items as well. Consolidation, when done correctly, is a big help on move day.
3. Recycle/Reuse Packing Materials
Ask your mover about this first. If your mover does not offer recycled moving boxes or packing materials, do a quick Google search. There are plenty of ways to get a hold of these items, and some of these online services will even take moving boxes back after your move. Be sure to check in with friends and family too. They may have some gently used boxes or extra packing materials around the house too. When your move is finished, be sure to take any left over materials to the recycle bin, not the trash.
4. Donate/Sell Extra Belongings
You never realize just how much “stuff” you have until it comes time to pack it all up during a move. To save time, and to cut down on how much goes into the trash, consider having a yard sale before your move. Alternatively, you can also take any unwanted clothes, toys, etc. to a local charity. Most second-hand stores will give you a receipt when you drop off donations, which means you can deduct those items around tax time as well.
Want to learn more about making your move easier? Check out these guides on proper packing techniques and how to select moving boxes.