It doesn’t matter if you’re moving across town or packing your belongings to haul them to another state, relocating is one of life’s major stressors. There are endless things to do and never enough time to get them all done. The Zen-like approach you usually have to life is quickly tested. From packing the plates and boxing the books to changing your address and sorting out bill payments, chances are doing all these errands in an eco-friendly manner is the farthest thing from your mind. However, with a few simple adjustments and a little pre-planning you can turn your relocation into display of green activism.
Less Gas and a Minimal Carbon Footprint
In the old days, post-college and pre-family, you probably did a fair amount of apartment hopping. You would pack up the old Subaru until it wheezed and the tailgate sagged, and then make countless trips back and forth between the old one-bedroom place and the new two-bedroom. It doesn’t matter if you still have that Subaru or have upgraded to an SUV, professional moving companies have larger trucks. They can move your entire household in one trip. Fewer trips equal less gas and carbon emissions. It’s an ideal way to stay green while relocating your home.
How to Pack Green
While ransacking the local supermarket for cardboard boxes to pack your stuff in is one method, the Internet has numerous places where you can find recycled packaging containers. It’s true: When you reuse the supermarkets’ boxes, you’re part of the recycle chain. However, what do you do with all those boxes once they have been emptied? Today, many moving companies are also equipped with their own recycled moving containers. Bubble-wrap has traditionally been the number one material for packing delicate and fragile items. The difference between standard bubble wrap and biodegradable bubble wrap is bound to add a couple of years to the earth’s lifespan. However, you can both save money and go green when you wrap and pack your possessions with newspapers, sheets and towels.
The Yard Sale
The yard sale is a quintessential American phenomenon, and it is the perfect way for you to get rid of all the things you do not want. It’s time to let go of that ratty sofa in the basement. The TV with the bunny ears and the old video game console need to go too. However, your junk is another person’s treasure, as many people scour yard sales for old furnish they can refinish and resell. There’s no reason for you to lug this stuff from one basement to another, so why not let somebody else get some use out if it? In the meantime, the extra income you make from your yard sale is bound to come in handy. Whatever does not sell, you can donate to the Salvation Army.
Teaching Green Ideas to Your Children
If you think moving is stressful, imagine how your kids feel. Their entire universe has gone topsy-turvy. New schools, lost friends and different routines are just the beginning. However, having them take an active part in the move will give them a greater sense of inclusion. Have them help with simple packing. Give them an active roll to play. Moving is a teachable moment as it gives children a better understanding of change. They can learn green ideas from the example that you set.
Moving is stressful. However, a few changes to your plan can make a greater impact on the earth. Nobody really likes ransacking the grocery store for cardboard boxes anyway.