Are you preparing to pack up and move? If so, “Congratulations!” Sometimes there’s nothing better than having a change of scenery so that you can start a new chapter of your life. However, as anyone who has ever moved already knows, with it comes a lot of work. And, if you’re someone who is “very green”, then not only do you have to find ways to make the moving process cheaper and easier for you, but you’re also probably wanting to find some ways to wrap and pack that are eco-friendly and efficient.
While we can’t do the actual work for you, the good news is that we can provide you with some tips to so that you can be not just a good packer, but a “smart and green” one too. Check these out below:
Get rid of it. The more you have, the more you’ll need to pack and as an eco-friendly individual, you already known that a big part of being green is being responsible with your resources. So, go through everything and what you don’t want or need, give it away to someone you know or to a local non-profit, or hold a community yard sale; it’s a quick way to make some extra money.
Don’t forget about eBay. If you happen to have some things that you know you could get more than 10 bucks for, you might want to keep them out of the garage sale and post them up on eBay. It’s easy to set up an account and once you have a pic, price and description up, the site will do all of the rest.
Be responsible with your storage. Why buy more boxes, when you can recycle some? By this we mean, ask your neighbors if they have any leftover boxes, check with stores like Kroger’s and Wal-Mart to see if they’d be willing to let a few go and you might also want to go onto websites such as Craigslist and Freecycle. Just put a message out that you need some moving boxes and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll get a timely response (and some free boxes too).
Watch what you wrap in. There’s simply no telling how much bubble wrap there is lying around in landfills across the globe. It is pretty effective for wrapping up fragile items like dishes and glass vases, but you can use things like old newspaper and magazines and they will prove to work just as well. As an added bonus, you won’t have to pay for them. Also, if you decide to use something like packing peanuts, they’re the gift the keeps on giving because you can recycle them when you’re done at Loose Fill Packaging.
Pack and move yourself. If you’ve been online looking for a town to town moving company and they all seem pretty pricy, one way that you can save a tree (by saving some dollars) is to rent a truck and move the items yourself. If you get a couple of friends and you’re willing to pay for a rental car (maybe even a Hybrid) to get them back home, it could save you several hundreds of dollars in the long run.