Whether you are moving across town or across the country, you are still going to need to pack up your belongings so that they can be safely transported from point A to point B. But what you might not realize is that you do have the ability to make your move as eco-friendly as possible. Here are three tips for making your next move eco-friendlier.
Instead of packing and moving items that you have not used since the last time you unpacked them, give them a second life. Give away items you no longer want to friends and family, or donate them to a non-profit organization. With a donation, you could get the added bonus of having a tax deduction to use the next time your file your income taxes.
Make sure to properly dispose of items that you are planning to throw away. For instance, if you have old cans of paint, electronics, appliances, or old batteries, these items cannot be thrown away with your general trash. Check with your municipality to see what items your local resource recovery center will accept for recycling and safe disposal.
If you have friends who have recently moved, offer to take their used packing boxes off their hands. You could start collecting boxes from your local grocery store, but you do need to be careful with making sure they are sturdy and not going to fall apart. Check out FreeCycle.org for people offering packing supplies that they do not need anymore. Do not forget to ask your mover if they also carry packing supplies that are made from recycled materials.
Instead of using Styrofoam peanuts or plastic bubble wrap, opt for more eco-friendly cushioning. A green alternative for plastic bubble wrap is Kraft Bubble that is made from paper and has small air bubbles built-in for cushioning. There are also green options for packing peanuts that are made from corn or wheat and easily dissolve in water once you are done with them. Instead of plastic-based packing tape, choose tape that is made from biodegradable materials, too.
Since you need to pack up your towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets anyway, put them to work as cushioning for fragile items packed in boxes. And of course, there is always newspaper that you can use for packing that can be recycled after you unpack at your new residence. Once your move is complete, make sure to properly recycle your moving boxes or pass them along to a someone who is preparing to move soon.
Do you have a set of luggage? Your suitcases can be used to hold clothes or a variety of other items to transport to your new home. The same goes for laundry hampers, baskets, and milk crates that you might already have in your home.
Plastic tubs are a practical and green way to pack your belongings. They provide good protection, are strong, and can be stacked several high without crushing your belongings. Most are made from recycled plastic and can be used multiple times. If you do not want to buy plastic tubs, it may be possible to rent them for your move and return them once you are unpacked.
Georgetown Moving and Storage Company can help you make the most of your move. We offer a variety of packing materials, including boxes, packing paper, and Kraft Bubble to make your move easier.
Contact us online or call (703) 466-0575 to schedule your move in Northern VA, DC, or MD today!