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By Timothy Patrick

According to the U.S Census Bureau, nearly 40 million people move every year within the United States. Almost all moves, whether household or business will require quite a bit of resources. While it may be difficult to relocate your home without making any footprint at all, producing a small one is a real possibility.

Here are some tips on how to achieve an eco-friendly move.

A good start to performing an environmentally conscious move is to determine exactly what has to be moved. Go through your home and decide what can be donated, sold, or recycled. The fewer the items being moved the less packing materials, less gas, and less man hours it will take. Carrying out an eco-friendly move takes a little bit of passion and the ability to locate the right resources.

Options for Boxes

Conducting a household move is almost impossible without cardboard boxes. The main objective when using boxes during your move is to stray away from buying new boxes then throwing them out afterwards. Many, like the boxes from Home Depot are already made from %100 recycled materials and also sold at very affordable prices. If buying new boxes is the only option, then after their use, consider recycling them or posting on Craigslist for someone else to use.

Ask your movers if they offer rental boxes for use. Also, good places to find used boxes are from others moving into the neighborhood or by searching for boxes on Craigslist. Some places will direct you to the grocery store to get used boxes. This may not be the best option because not only will every box be a different random shape and size, many of these boxes will contain bacteria or mold from food.

Eco-Friendly Cushioning Material

There are a few options for cushioning material for packing fragile items into boxes. You can use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspaper, packing paper, and your linens. The best way to stay green while moving is by using packing paper in conjunction with your towels, linens, pillows and blankets. Learn how to pack dishes the right way in order to avoid breakage during a move. Be sure to recycle used paper, cardboard, and any other appropriate materials.

Recycling

  • If you have any old electronics, your local Staples promotes that they will recycle them for you. Find out what electronic items Staples will recycle.
  • Recycle any used packing materials and boxes. Sell or give away left over boxes on sites like Craigslist or BoxCycle.
  • Many movers will not move hazardous materials, so dispose of them properly within your city.
  • Search online if your city has any local recycling programs. Most of them do, so find one that is close to your home and will accept all kinds of material.

Miscellaneous Green Moving Tips

  • When hiring movers, enlist in a company that flaunts their eco-friendly approach to moving household goods.
  • When buying cleaning products for your new home, consider buying the ones that are eco-friendly.
  • When buying packing materials, go with ones that boast they come from recycled products.

Many people move every year and until you actually start the packing process, the amount of waste and resources it takes is surprising. Help save the planet by staying green and eco-friendly during your next move.

Timothy Patrick is an online relocation adviser and internet business owner. His business helps connect people looking for movers with the services they require.

For more info, check out the link below
http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/04/26/home-garden/move-with-a-conscience-green-moving-tips/#GTqTZXlUqOI1EsM8.99

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