Moving is a long process and it can put a strain on you but it also puts a strain on the environment. Think about the things you have in your basement and garage that never get used. Throwing all those things away increases waste and these huge moving trucks give off emissions that pollute the air. Before you call the moving company I have a couple of tips that can ease the stress on you during a move and make the process more eco-friendly.
Instead of finding cardboard boxes for your items you should look into zippgo.com. Why, you ask?
Zippgo offers a service that is environmentally friendly and cuts down on waste in a big way. The folks at Zippgo quoted a waste management company when they said that 40 percent of the composition of landfills is made up of recycled cardboard. The 100 percent plastic bins that Zippgo provides are stronger and cheaper than plastic and they will be delivered to your house a week before you move. Another cool feature is that Zippgo will also come back two weeks after you move to pick up the bins to recycle them.
Using Zippgo’s plastic bins and services are one way to make your move more eco-friendly but there are others that you can do on your own.
Everything can’t go
Remember the items I wrote about earlier? The ones you have packed away in your basement and garage that you never use and probably forgot that you owned? Those things don’t need to make the move with you to your new home. View moving as your chance at a fresh start all across the board. Here are some way to get rid of these items without throwing them away and causing more trash to build up.
- Gifts are good: Growing up I had an aunt that had things she bought but never even opened in her basement. Products in perfect condition just sitting around. These types of things can be given away to a friend as a gift. Surprise somebody and make his or her day with an unexpected present.
- Garage sale: Having a garage sale is a great idea to earn a few extra dollars and to free yourself of some clutter. With the economy being the way it is people are always looking for a deal. Some people look for collectible items and memorabilia at garage sales so you will get a few people to stop by and check out what you are selling. Any profit you make is a bonus since you are clearing out items you don’t use.
- Give to the needy: Donating clothes to the Salvation Army or a local shelter is always a good idea too. We are approaching the holiday season and helping people giving to people who are less fortunate would be a great move.
Also, when you come across items that are broken or completely useless don’t be afraid to throw them away. Pack tightly to limit the amount of boxes you need and to also cut down the harmful emissions by taking less trips back and forth.