All of the bubble wraps, cardboard boxes and gas guzzling trucks & vans are definitely taking its toll on the Earth’s natural resources. However, there are still ways for you to make all the decluterring, unpacking and moving to a new location a more nature friendly process. Moving to a new place can produce plenty of waste from the packing materials and will also result to lots of burned fossil fuels. Here are easy tips and advices to make your short and long distance moves greener and more nature friendly.
Decluttering Before the Move
The time before you make a move is perhaps the perfect time for you to let go of all the clutter inside your house. Purging all of your unwanted items is not that eco friendly at all. But letting other people use all your unwanted clothing, books, furniture & etc. puts these stuff into good use and also reduces wastes that will be generated by making and shipping new goods. Minimize the number of possessions that are to be moved especially for the ones which involve long distance shipping. This will also minimize the load on a moving day which saves both packing materials and fuel. With only a few possessions, your move to a smaller home will need less energy to cool and heat may be possible.
Selling used Household Goods & other Personal Items
Getting rid of all your unwanted and unused possessions doesn’t really have to mean that you take a trip to your local landfill. If you have items that are still in good condition, then it would be wise to take it to a consignment shop or perhaps sell it through newspaper classifieds and in online sites like Craiglist.
Giving Away Stuffs that you don’t need anymore
Community based recycling organizations like Freecyle are awesome ways for you to find new homes for the things that you don’t intend to bring with you on the new house. You may also give away stuffs to friends and family who can still utilize them. This will reduce wastes and at the same time help preserve nature.
Creating tax deductible donations
An easy method to pare down all possessions that need to be moved is to donate them into nonprofit government and private organizations. Local libraries will take DVDs and books. There are plenty of charity thrift stores that will get items that are still in good condition like sporting goods, cars, clothes, and small/big appliances. Keep the receipt from these organizations and use them as deductibles when filing taxes.
Purchasing Greener Packing Materials
At times, it may not be possible for you to reduce, reuse or maybe recycle. Today, there are more eco friendly alternatives to non biodegradable and non renewable packing material such as packing peanuts and bubble wraps. These materials are made from recycled cardboard and paper and are usually available from office supply stores.
There are plenty of moving companies in NJ and WA these days that also implement more environment methods in transporting goods and other items. As the green campaign heightens these days, local and international moving companies are slowly shifting their old practices into more nature friendly methods.