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When we’re moving we often use a whole variety of moving supplies that are often degradable, however depending on the move and the amount of things we deal with we can do a much better job at it. There is a relationship between the amount of items we’ll be dealing with and the amount of greenhouse emissions the move will result in. For the most part we should remember that the less things we move, the more we’ll protect the air.
One of the first things we should do is to avoid buying new things right away. The delayed gratification which comes from resisting the urge to buy will be useful a bit later on when we need to move. The other thing you can do to lessen the impact on the environment is to eventually donate or sell as much of our belongings for which we have no need. You can do this by either organizing a local yard sale or by trying to sell them on classifieds websites – these can be Craigslist, Ebay or their equivalents anywhere online. On the other hand if you need to donate your belongings you can always do that by doing so in local thrift stores such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and the like across the globe. There are other places you can donate your old tech or books such as libraries and schools – whatever you do don’t throw books away since someone else might learn something new from them even if they are useless to you at this moment.
If you have moved before then you should know that keeping your own supply of packing materials before and after a move is vital if you don’t want to have those used by you ending up in the local landfill. If you don’t have any available at this time consider asking at the closest retail store or even liquor store for free boxes – depending on the place where you live a lot of them will be accommodating since their boxes end up being recycled at the end of each day anyway, so they have nothing to lose by giving away any boxes they might have.
There are some companies across the US which use recyclable boxes made from plastic bottles – these are usually reused and rented out to those who need moving supplies and are offered in varying sizes. On the other hand most packing peanuts nowadays are made from cornstarch and are biodegradable and even edible if you don’t mind the artificial colorings and the potential health risks involved. Also consider using biodegradable and eco-friendly cleaning supplies so you can avoid polluting the environment with harsh chemicals.
Also, one very good thing to remember so you can avoid the tons upon tons of junk mail that comes in your mail sometimes is to do a temporary change of address. This will save you the trouble and you’ll enjoy a nice and clean mail box.