Just what in the world do I mean by a “green move?” I mean, it is a way to reduce your
carbon footprint, which means reducing the ways that you pollute your world while moving. We certainly cannot entirely remove all the possibilities of polluting. This, unfortunately, is a part of our everyday lives. But the operative word here is to “reduce.”
For the most part, you can eliminate your contribution to this pollution by trying to find
ways you can help yourself. By using containers which you already have in your home to pack
your belongings, you can reduce the number of cardboard boxes needed to transport them. Look around and be creative.
CARDBOARD BOX SUBSTITUTES
You may have grocery totes or beach bags hanging around that are perfect for
many items. Be sure to cover the top of the tote bags by tucking in a cloth of some
sort so the items you pack do not come tumbling out.
Don’t forget to utilize your suitcases. Suitcases are good for packing many things
besides clothing (which of course is perfect). You can use them for documents,
shoes, linens, or even your hobby supplies. By the way, a wheeled suitcase can be
a great moving accessory.
Drawers from your dresser or other furniture are always a good go-to for packing
almost anything. Do not leave them in the furniture (due to extra weight), rather
cover the contents with a towel or small blanket (tucked around the edges so your
items do not tumble out. This will also keep them free of any debris.
A briefcase can be perfect for documents, CDs, DVDs, laptops
Backpacks are great for many essential items and can handle many odd-shaped
Plastic bins. Though these are not necessarily a “green item”, they are reusable
and you can repurpose them for storage in your new location.
Buckets and trash cans are great for items such as bathroom items, garden tools or
even cleaning supplies.
Baskets/hampers: you probably have a dirty-clothes hamper and laundry basket in
your possession. Don’t overlook these as a possibility for a green move.
Wood crates can work for moving your belongings and once you move, you can
get creative with them and make them a part of your storage concepts.
PACKING MATERIAL SUBSTITUTES
Just as there are great substitutes for cardboard boxes when moving, there are also green
ways to pack and insulate your belongings for a move without the use of materials such as plastic bubble-wrap and packing paper. Many items around your home will work. Here is a list of a few things, but again, trust your creative instincts when considering how to pack without contributing to more pollution.
Pillows (for padding around your belongings)
Clothing items such as sweaters or coats
There are also a few green alternatives one can purchase from environmentally-friendly
vendors. Today, we have biodegradable packing peanuts (made from cornstarch, believe it or
Remember that improvisation is the name of the game when considering alternatives for
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