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Going Green: Moving Techniques

September 20, 2011 | Moving Guides & Tips

Many 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!

Take a look through some of our suggestions we recommend to our customers:

  • 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.
Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?
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