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5 Tips for a Green Move This Spring

Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 2:56PM

If you’re interested in going green and doing your part to support the environment, you may be looking for ways to enjoy an eco-friendly move, too. Good news—no matter how many items you have to transport or how large scale your move may be, there are still plenty of ways you can move with the environment in mind. In today’s blog, we will be looking at five of them.

Clean green

Most moves involve some cleanup—whether you’re scrubbing down your current home before moving out, or are tidying up your new space upon arrival. Consider opting for green, natural cleaning supplies, some of which you might be able to make from home, to get the job done.

Consolidate your trips

Cutting down on time spent on the road may seem like a small measure, but it can contribute—little by little—to a better environment overall. Trim the time you spend on the road by consolidating your trips. You can do this mainly by packing smart—safely fitting more items into your truck, van, etc. You can also reduce your carbon footprint on the road—as well as any travel headaches—by traveling at times of lighter traffic.

Cut down on supplies used

You can make your move a little greener by cutting down on the amount of supplies you use. While you will inevitably have to use your share of boxes and packing tape, you can cut down on any excess by keeping similar items together or moving items inside other items (such as towels inside storage ottomans, cleaning supplies inside empty trashcans, etc.). This will save you space and will prevent the accumulation of unnecessary waste.

Recycle along the way

If you find yourself—as we all do—with piles of cardboard, bags and other leftover supplies during or following your move, consider recycling them instead of tossing them in the trash. This is a great, eco-friendly move that isn’t hard to do—simply check that your items are recyclable and put them in the proper containers.

Donate what you can

During your moving process, you will no doubt decide to part with at least a few items—and that’s okay! To keep these things—whether they be toys, clothes, books or pieces of furniture—out of the trash, consider donating items in good condition to families in need or local charity groups. You’ll be doing a great deed while minimizing your environmental impact in the process, and that’s something to be proud of.

We hope that these ideas help you enjoy a move that’s as efficient as it is eco-friendly. Carry these practices over to your new home to maintain a green lifestyle wherever you go.

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