Eco-friendly Moving: 5 Ways to Reduce Waste & Save Green

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You quit plastic bags, you gave up disposable water bottles and even went paper free on bills and newsletters. These small, but important changes are reducing waste everyday and adding up to make a big difference. How can you maintain your eco-friendly lifestyle even on one of the most wasteful days in household, moving day? Before you start cleaning out those closets, garages or gathering packing materials, follow these simple steps to reduce waste on moving day.

5 steps to be green and save green on moving day.

1.Use Eco-Friendly Moving supplies

NorthStar Moving mover with biodegradable bubble wrap
Photo by NorthStar Moving

Look for 100% recyclable boxes, packing paper or packing bubble. You can even find biodegradable eco-bubble which will protect your fragile items and mother nature!

Start by asking your moving company for used boxes made of recyclable materials. You can get used boxes at a discount and some moving companies will even give you a refund for returning your used boxes at the end of your move. Also use this box calculator to find out how many boxes you’ll need.

2. Go Natural

Foam popcorn and packing peanuts often end up in landfills or the ocean, why not try a more natural filler like real popcorn to pack fragile items. Pop natural kernels (avoid butter flavored popcorn) to fill gaps in your boxes secure fragile items. This method is both delicious and earth friendly!

3. Give Back

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Organized Closet by emily @ go haus go (CC BY 2.0)

As you clean out your closets, garage and pantry you will be tempted just to throw out a lot of accumulated junk. While decluttering is a great idea before a move, don’t just toss out items before considering if they can be given a second life. For example you can donate unwanted furniture to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and clothing and household items to your local favorite charity such as Goodwill for someone else to enjoy.

You can even reuse your moving boxes to donate your items. Simply visit GiveBackBox.com to learn how to use your used boxes to ship your donations off to a charity without any cost to you. Lastly, if you have any unopened leftover food on moving day, donate it to Move For Hunger. Keep your moving and donation receipts to save green on your taxes next year!

4. Recycle Electronics with care

dispose electronic waste properly for an eco friendly move
e-Waste by curtis palmer (CC BY 2.0)

If you decide to lighten your load and get rid of computers, microwaves and other older electronics – make sure to contact a domestic e-waste company so the electronics recycling is regulated by U.S. environmental laws rather than being shipped off to be processed with the highly-toxic and environment-polluting techniques used in some third-world countries.

5. Hire an Eco-Friendly Moving Company

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NorthStar Moving’s biodiesel trucks are red on the outside but green on the inside. Photo by NorthStar Moving

How do you know if your moving company follows eco-friendly moving practices? Start by asking: Does the staff recycle? Are the offices and warehouse designed to be energy efficient? Do they use biodiesel to run their trucks? Do they use 100 % recyclable materials? Do they sell used boxes? Do they buy them back at the end of the move? Doing this extra research is worth it because if your movers care about the earth, then they will care about their clients too!

Now you are ready to make your next move an eco-friendly moving day! If you have any eco-friendly moving tips to share we want to hear about them! Add your eco-friendly moving tips in the comments section below.

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    You can also make reusable bins by using cardboard boxes. Give them a shape like square boxes and use them for your moving and storing purposes.

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      Thanks for sharing your ideas for a greener move!