If you recycle plastic bottles and carefully toss trash, you’ll be happy to know that you can make your move green too. There are lots of little things you can do to ensure that your move won’t impact the environment negatively – and you may even be able to save a buck or two by incorporating some of these measures. Take a look!
1. Use recycled peanuts. No, not those kinds of peanuts! While shells might make great packing material, I’m talking about those small foam peanuts that you can find inside of most packages. These peanuts are made from recycled materials, and they can be easily found at most package and office stores.
2. If you are going to move some items on your own, the type of truck that you rent will make a huge difference. Try to find a diesel option, if possible, and look for a truck that’s not more than four years old. Both of these truck rental factors will mean less of a negative impact on the environment.
3. You can recycle boxes by asking local stores for unused boxes, but some of these may not be in the best shape. Another option is to rent boxes from a local moving store. Renting boxes means getting a box that won’t fall apart, and you can feel good about the fact that these boxes will be reused at some point.
4. Use blankets, shirts, and other material when you can. You can wrap solid items in blankets and in sheets – just don’t try this with a fragile item (use peanuts for items that are easily breakable).
5. Recycle what you don’t need. Moving provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of some of the things you don’t need or use. Take the time to sort your stuff well before moving day, and donate items that you don’t have any use for – getting rid of clutter feels great too!
6. Go online. If you need a box, material, or other item for your move, sites like Craig’s List are a gold mine. People that have just moved often post items for free or for sale on these sites, and you can get everything you need without buying anything new.
7. Switch out your light bulbs. Since you’ll be moving all of your light fixtures during your move, you may as well purchase a few packs of CFLs. After your move, replace any incandescent lights with CFLs – much more energy efficient!
8. Prepare your new home. Patch any leaks, seal up any air escape routes, and spend time “greening” your new house before you move. If you replace windows and other large items, you may even be able to get government funding towards your green initiative. Check out government websites for green programs.
9. Purchase Energy Star products. Do you need a new appliance? Donate your older, functional, appliance to someone in need, and purchase Energy Star appliances for your new house. You’ll save money on your energy bill and help the environment!
10. Read up on green options. Moving to a new location also means getting a new start. If you never bothered with recycling or compost before, it might be the time to give it a shot. You can find lots of interesting information online, so take the time to look.
11. Repeat. Once you are finished with your packing materials, offer those items up on a site like Crags List to someone else looking to move in a green way. It’s all a big cycle!
Why Green Matters
It may seem like small changes are insignificant, but this isn’t the case. Even the smallest change can have a huge impact – just think what might happen if everyone recycled plastic bottles! Maybe the world wouldn’t be in such a bad place, right? So, simply switching to recycled peanuts instead of using new bubble wrap could make a really big and positive impact on the planet. Plus, you can feel good about doing your part.
Moving companies are taking the time to be greener, too. Give us a call today to see how we can help you with your green move. We’d love to provide you with an estimate, help you with any moving matters, and make moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, a happy (and green!) one. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we make your move better!