Staying Green During Your Move«« Move For Hunger Resources April 9, 2015 | 8:34 pm |
In recent years, the emphasis on becoming environmentally responsible has become more and more prevalent. Whether you’re dedicated to your climate friendly lifestyle or just throwing away the plastic wrap when your friends are over, every bit counts. When you’re moving into a new home, think about the ways you can start your new life feeling better about the process. The typical brown box moving style isn’t the only way to transfer your belongings. As some say, dare to be different.
Use the Reusable: Plastic:
The first step to your green move is eliminating the old cardboard boxes. If you want to move in an environmentally friendly way, switch to reusable plastic boxes. Unfortunately those cardboard boxes are not as good of an investment as you thought. With their three-use count, you can expect these brown paper homes to be useless in the near future. Also, if it’s raining that day, your boxes will become a soggy brown mess. Of course no one wants to have 40 plastic boxes taking up space, but the good news is, you can rent them. If you absolutely must use cardboard boxes, use ones that are being thrown away from local businesses and keep the cycle going.
Bubble Wrap Be Gone:
86 the bubble wrap and grab your sheets and towels to wrap the valuables instead of that environmentally damaging air filled plastic. Although it’s hours of fun of popping the wrap, it’s not reusable and creates more waste. Grab some old shirts and linens to wrap your possessions instead. You may need to do a little more laundry, but the less bubble wrap, the more green.
Donate and Downsize:
The less you have, the fewer boxes you need. If you are going to be throwing away old clothes or appliances, donate, recycle them or have a garage sale. There’s no need to generate more garbage when someone else can get use out of the things you don’t use anymore. Downsizing is an important step in keeping it green. With the stress of moving, the last thing on your mind is trash. By downsizing, the less you have, the less you have to worry about.
The Household Hazardous:
We all have old appliances, batteries, and new age gadgets that we sometimes need to get rid of. During your move, it’s important to correctly dispose of your hazardous items. Things like batteries, light bulbs, paints, and cleaners should be recycled properly instead of throwing them in the garbage. Unfortunately most people aren’t sure how to go about getting rid of items, so they pile up in the junk drawer. Find out more about how to dispose of your hazardous waste correctly here.
When moving into a new home, it’s important that it’s clean and fresh for your new start. Before you move your boxes in, clean with homemade cleaners such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Not only will it continue your green move, it will save you money in the end.
Note: If you’re going to use vinegar, plan to clean a few days in advance and open the windows. It works the same, but it sure doesn’t smell like it.
Donate the Dinners:
This is where we come in. Move For Hunger specializes in making sure your old food gets in the right hands – your local food bank. Instead of worrying about packing up those cans of beans and corn, spare yourself the back ache (literally) and let us handle it for you. We have movers all over the nation that will come and collect your non-perishable food donations. We keep you worry free, and those who need it stay hunger-free. It’s a win-win.