The hardest part is over and you’ve found the home of your dreams. Now it’s time to go through the process of moving and begin packing. Unfortunately, sometimes moving can be hard on the environment. From packaging materials to transportation, there are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint during your upcoming move. 

At Short Notice Moving, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite easy tips for a green move:

Use a Professional Moving Company

Using a professional moving company can help to reduce the impact that your move has on the environment because with their experience, they can streamline your move and carry more efficient loads. Plus, our staff is trained to maximize space and resources and pick the right truck to suit your move.

Choose Reusable Storage Boxes

Your typical corrugated moving boxes can be recycled, but other packing materials such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and tape are not as easy to recycle. Using plastic bins or crates will help you decrease your unnecessary waste, and are easily stackable. 

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

You will be surprised at the number of household items that can be recycled. Things like fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and old paint all have specialized recycling centers that will accept them, and in some cases, even pick them up. Reach out to local recycling organizations for resources.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

Moving often means cleaning twice. The old home that you are moving out of, and your new space. Natural cleaning products are rising in popularity and are now easy to find at your local stores, for affordable prices. If you want to take it a step further, you can make your own natural cleaners using everyday products like vinegar and baking soda. 

Donate Unwanted Items

During a move, it can be tempting to throw a lot of unused items in the garbage without thinking about it. Donating items that are still in good condition can help reduce your environmental impact, and also help out your community.  Most donation centers will accept items such as clothing, decor, small furniture, electronics, books, and other small household items. Items like unused makeup or bath products could be donated to a local women’s shelter.  Donating items is a win-win for your community and the environment. 

Pro Tip: Old blankets or rugs that you don’t think anyone will take? Call your local animal shelters, what might be one person’s trash might be another person’s treasure. 

Having a green move doesn’t need to be intimidating or expensive. Every small step that you take to reduce your environmental impact makes a difference. If you’re in need of a professional moving service, give us a call today!