6 Tips To Keep Your Move Eco-Conscious

Posted by on Dec 11 | 2017

Moving is an exciting time for many.

Unfortunately, the process of moving can also take quite a toll on the environment. From the gas involved during transportation to the fact that people tend to throw away a lot of things during the move, the environmental impact can be surprisingly high. Even the package materials can create a lot of waste in the process of packing and unpacking.

 Eco-Conscious Decisions While Moving

However, with the following tips, you can make your move much more eco-conscious.

  1. Donate Instead of Throwing Things Away

    People tend to throw a lot of things into the garbage or take things to the dump, even though items may still be in good condition. The reason for this is simple – it’s often the path of least resistance.

    The problem is that these things end up in a landfill. One way to reduce your environmental impact during a move, especially if you are downsizing or getting rid of a lot of things during your transition, is to donate as much as you can.

    Find a Goodwill Community Centre near you or other similar charity. Other examples include The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. The process is very convenient and as simple as dropping off any gently used items. Sometimes donation centers will come to your house to pick up the items themselves. Keep in mind that many of these charities accept much more than clothing; Goodwill, for example, will also also accept books, recreational items and even electronics (including broken ones) and used batteries.

    Batteries are particularly devastating for the environment and for our health as well. Batteries contain heavy metals and harmful chemicals that eventually leak due to corrosion and the battery waste then makes its way into the water supply.

    Even gently used makeup can be donated to women’s shelters. For larger items, you can simply put them outside of your home with a sign that says “free” or take them to a local thrift store or consignment shop.

    Whichever option you choose, it’s important that you avoid throwing things away as much as possible. Not only will you reduce your environmental impact, but you will also feel great knowing that many of items went to those in need.

  2. Recycle As Much As You Can

    Keep in mind that a number of household items like electronics and appliances can also be recycled. For any items that you were unable to donate through various charities, another option is to recycle them at specialized recycling centres.

    In fact, there is a surprising number of things that you can actually recycle that you may not have even realized. Again, some of these items may need to be taken to a specialized recycling center, but the point is that they can be recycled. Some examples are: bicycles, carpeting, fluorescent bulbs and crayons to name a few.

  3. Choose Reusable Storage Boxes

    As mentioned above, another source of waste during a move are the packing materials that end up being thrown out after the move is over. Sure, corrugated boxes can be recycled, but the bubble wrap, tape and so on isn’t as easily recycled.

    To cut down on unnecessary waste, opt for hard, reusable plastic bins or crates instead. You likely have a lot of these in your home already. It is also a good idea to start with what you already have in your home before you begin using additional boxes, packing materials and so on. For instance, you can use t-shirts as an alternative to bubble wrap or styrofoam.

    There are also specialized moving services that offer returnable boxes. Alternatively, in the event that you do have to rely on boxes, use recycled cardboard boxes that you can get from the grocery store or retail locations.

  4. Minimize Unnecessary Transportation

    Obviously, some degree of transportation is entirely unavoidable during a move, especially for international moves. With that being said, if you are moving locally, make it a point to cut down on unnecessary travel by only moving one or two things at a time. Above all, be purposeful when it comes to approaching transportation.

  5. Choose Green/Natural Cleaning Products

    The process of moving involves a lot of cleaning, both in your previous and new home. One way to cut down on harsh chemicals is to opt for green cleaning products instead. You can even choose entirely natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda as well instead of toxic household cleaners.

  6. Choose a Professional Moving Company

    Finally, another way to reduce the environmental impact of your move is to invest in specialized moving services by a professional moving company. These companies will typically use recycled packing materials and their vehicles carry larger loads at one time. They are trained to maximize space and resources so that unnecessary transportation is minimized as much as possible during the process of moving. They are also trained to take care of all aspects of your move so that the move is organized and seamless, as well.

Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that offers specialized moving services. We will take care of all aspects of your move with extreme precision. Contact us today for more information.

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