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3 Eco-Friendly Moving Tricks

If you're planning for an upcoming move, you've got a lot to think about and plan for. Aside from getting your belongings packed up, you've also got to find a moving company, get your utilities transferred, and deal with a number of other aspects of your relocation. With so much to think about, it can be easy to overlook the negative impact your move can have on the environment; just think about all those foam peanuts and cardboard boxes that'll be disposed of after your move. Want to "go green" with your move? A few simple tweaks can help...

Use Containers, Not Boxes

Rather than buying disposable cardboard boxes for your upcoming move, consider using plastic containers instead. Not only are these more durable and able to typically hold more than a cardboard box, but they're also completely reusable and easy to store for your next move. Plus, the fact that they come with lids eliminates the need for packing tape.

Many companies these days rent out plastic containers for moving, but you can also use ones you already have on-hand or ask to borrow some from family or friends. If you insist on using cardboard boxes, consider buying them used and recycle them when you're done with them.

Skip the Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is a convenient way to protect your belongings, but it's also quite wasteful. Instead of using bubble wrap, consider wrapping and padding your fragile belongings with items you already have, such as towels, pillows, and other soft linens. By doing so, you can kill two birds with one stone. Plus, you can minimize the amount of waste that your move generates. It's a win-win. You can also find and purchase reusable cotton moving pads that are biodegradable.

Find a "Green" Moving Company

If you're planning on hiring a moving company to make your move go more smoothly, be sure to look for one that's environmentally conscious. Specifically, a "green" moving company should have:

  • vehicles that operate on biodiesel fuel
  • an efficient team that'll get your belongings moved in as few trips as possible
  • a service for recycling cardboard boxes and other leftover supplies

You may pay a slightly higher price for a "green" moving company, but you'll also get to enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your move had as little impact on the environment as possible. If you're looking for a moving company in your area, visit Canadian Van Lines.


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