In today’s world, more people are looking for ways to stay environmentally friendly. In fact, approximately 60% of Americans say that they take steps to be more eco-friendly. While we strive to keep our homes “green”, we often forget one major detail: keeping our move as green as our homes. There are a few ways you can reduce your impact on the earth during your move.
Hire the Right Companies
Whether you hire a moving and cleaning company upon move out or do the labor yourself, this is one are you can aim to improve by enacting green practices or hire green companies. Green companies will
Recycle or compost any trash
Use green cleaning products
If available, have green cleaning certification
When hiring a moving company, make sure that they adhere to a green environment code by asking the following
Do they use biodiesel fuel in their trucks?
Do they use 100% recyclable materials?
Do they have a green storage area?
Declutter and Recycle
Make sure you know what needs to be trashed and what can be recycled. You should also keep in mind that some things cannot be trashed or recycled but they can be taken to specialty centers to be disposed of.
Take your old electronics to Goodwill or other resale shops.
Best Buy accepts appliances to recycle, regardless of where the appliance was bought from.
Libraries and post offices often provide recycling containers for these items, free to the public.
Take these to resource recovery centers.
Make sure when decluttering your home that you get these items to the proper places.
Donate, Donate, Donate
If you are getting rid of your old items, make sure they don’t end up in the landfill. Gather up your old clothes or household items into a bin and take them down to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity. For those who want to go the extra mile, check out companies who offer a Green Bin.
Keeping your lifestyle green is easy if you know the steps you need to take. Whether you are in the process of moving or will be moving soon, make sure you keep these tips and tricks in mind. Hiring a green moving company, using green cleaners upon move out, and ensuring that your trash and other items make it to the proper receptacles are a few ways you can keep your move as green as possible.