Environmentally friendly (green) moving tips
A lot of our customers ask us, "What can I do to lessen my own environmental footprint and relocate more responsibly?" The answer is easier than you may think.
- You can give away or sell any non-essential items you don't need to move.
- Neighborhood yard sales and giveaways are one way to go.
- Web sites like eBay, Craig's List and The Freecycle Network provide virtual ways to unload unwanted items.
- Books can be donated to local libraries, and most schools will be happy to make use of old computers.
- Goodwill and other charities will gladly take old clothes for resale in thrift outlets.
- Move with recyclable or reusable packing materials.
- Your local Wheaton agent can provide gently used cartons for a reduced fee, or no charge in many cases.
- Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
- Cut down on junk mail at your new address by filing a temporary change of address with your post office rather than a permanent one.
- Use recyclable packing paper that can be recycled at a later point.
- Cornstarch packing peanuts provide a biodegradable option.
- When unpacking, expendables such as boxes, packing paper, peanuts, twine, rope and bungee are all reusable moving resources.
- If you don't have room to store them, they tend to fly off the "shelves" at Web sites like Craig's List when posted as freebies.
- Of course, another eco-friendly unpacking option is to recycle items like cardboard and plastic-foam peanuts.
If you're interested in becoming "greener" in your everyday life (not just when you move), check out these 10 painless changes for a green home.