You purchase environmentally friendly products for your home. You support companies that are Earth conscious. You certainly don’t want to overlook this commitment to going green for your move. You’ll find that there are many ways to apply earth-friendly strategies to your packing and moving. Start with how you prepare for the move and then apply your green philosophy to the move itself, and even, to the final stage of unpacking and settling into your new home.
Experts in the moving industry have provided us with some of their best tips for keeping your moving experience as environmentally friendly as possible.
Green Moving Boxes
“There has never been so many options to choose from when it comes to finding the perfect box for your belongings. You can rent reusable (environmentally-friendly!) plastic boxes, purchase your own cardboard boxes, or visit your local grocery and liquor stores to snag some leftovers,” Sarah Gray at YouMoveMe.com reminds us.
There are several companies that offer the ‘rent-a-box’ option, and most of them deliver their plastic moving boxes to your current location and will pick them up again at your new home; FrogBox and BungoBox are just two of the many providers available across the country. These reusable boxes eliminate any concern about what to do with your moving boxes after you unpack. They also provide a very protective casing for your belongings during the move; they’re sturdy and easily stacked. In many cases, renting reusable boxes can actually be cheaper than buying cardboard boxes.
Remember to Recycle
If you do choose to go the cardboard route, you have several environmentally friendly choices for their disposal after the move. Sarah suggests posting your boxes on Craigslist or a similar site – “free for pick-up” – as many people are looking to decrease their moving day costs. Or, if you move often, flatten and store your cardboard boxes for the next go. EcoMovers, a Seattle-based moving company, actually offers free cardboard box recycling. They’ll pick up your empty cardboard boxes. If they are in good condition, they’ll be made available to other customers; those that are not, are delivered to the local recycling center.
When it comes to the packing material around fragile items Sarah reminds us that, although they can provide a good buffer, Styrofoam peanuts are harder to recycle than other materials and should be considered a last resort.
Finally, Sarah offers this advice for going green when you move – “Whatever you do, ensure all your recyclable items are responsibly disposed of at the end of your move.”
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