From carpooling to composting, in today’s society, there are many ways to have an eco-friendly lifestyle. So, why not try an eco-friendly move? Follow our top tips to get started.
1. Stock Up on Needed Items
We recommend at least two months of planning time. You can use this time to stock up on useful materials such as newspapers and magazines. Ask friends and family to do the same. When it comes to packing, you’ll have lots of materials you can use.
2. Throw a Purge Party
Moving is a great time to cull through your belongings. But, before you reach for the trash can, think twice about throwing things away. Organize a ‘purge party,’ invite friends and family to rummage through and take anything from your unwanted goods. Leftover items can be donated.
3. Donate What You Don’t Need
Donate a variety of items, from clothing to electrical equipment. Research donation drop-off centers in your area. Contact them in advance if you are not sure they will accept your items.
4. Gather Boxes
Ask your local supermarket for their used boxes. They will have all sizes and shapes, perfect for packing.
Alternatively, secure reusable plastic boxes for your move. Check with your mover to see if they offer this option.
5. Be Thrifty When Packing
Limit or eliminate the need for plastic bubble wrap by using your soft clothing, towels, oven mitts, blankets, scarves, etc., to pack some of your items. Not only will this be more environmentally friendly it will also be more cost-effective.
6. Stay Organized
Staying organized means fewer trips back and forth. If you’re going to the donation center, try to get rid of everything in one trip. If you’re stocking up on boxes from your local supermarket, do this while you complete your regular grocery shopping. You’ll save on gas money, and it is better for the environment.
7. Consider a Professional Moving Company
A professional moving company will move all of your belongings in just one trip.
8. Use Your Smartphone
Instead of reaching for pen and paper, try one of the many excellent moving apps that you can download onto your smartphone. Organize your whole move online with no wasted paper!
9. Start Fresh
Moving is a great time to re-address some of your buying habits and start fresh. Pack new eco-friendly items such as energy saving light bulbs, a compost bin, chemical-free toiletries and eco-friendly cleaning products.
10. Start Small, Aim High
Small changes to you can mean significant changes to the world. Look around you and see what other things you can do to be eco-friendly. You might find some great ideas on creative websites such as Pinterest.
Ready to Move?
Following these top ten tips is the ideal way to start your planning for an eco-friendly move. We’re sure that once you have started, you’ll soon find lots of other ways to have a greener move day.
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