How to make sustainable choices when you’re moving

Moving can be a daunting venture—it comes with an overload of stress and countless decisions to make along the way. But one thing you may not have considered is how your moving-related choices might impact the environment. 

Whether you’re putting boxes into storage, donating items, or hiring movers—certain practices are more sustainable than others when it comes to relocation. 

Here are some of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint so you can feel good about starting fresh in your new home!

1.

Choose reusable boxes instead of cardboard boxes

Every year, the U.S. produces 100 billion boxes, yet only between 70-75% of these boxes end up being recycled. Choosing a reusable moving box system instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bins is a small but impactful step you can take towards being more environmentally conscious. There are many sustainability benefits of reusable boxes—not only do they reduce the amount of waste created but they also help lower carbon emissions by reducing the need for frequent manufacturing and disposal of single-use cardboard boxes or plastic bins. Reusable boxes are sturdy and long-lasting, they can be reused over and over which saves money in the long run. By making this simple switch, you can do our part for the planet while making your next move a little easier and more cost-effective.

2.

Donate items you don't need to a local charity

When it’s time to declutter your home, it’s easy to throw unwanted items in the trash. But there’s a better option that not only helps the environment but also benefits your community. Local charities and thrift stores are always in need of gently used items, whether it’s furniture or other household goods. 

One great option for furniture donations is Furniture Bank, where they focus specifically on providing necessary home furnishings to families in need. So next time you’re moving or simply updating your decor, consider donating to a local charity or thrift store. Make a positive impact on those in need, and feel good about decluttering with a purpose. 

3.

Make sure all packing materials are recycled properly

Do you know what happens to all the bubble wrap and packing peanuts used in shipping packages? Often, they end up in landfills, contributing to the already massive amount of waste. Traditional styrofoam packing peanuts take more than an estimated 500 years to break down. 

If you use traditional plastic packing materials try to make a conscious effort to reuse them, rather than throwing them in the trash. Alternatively you can invest in biodegradable packing materials. Biodegradable packing peanuts are made from natural materials and are dissolvable in water, making them easy to dispose of. 

4.

Recycle or donate any electronic devices or appliances

When it’s time to upgrade or replace electronics or appliances, the old ones can easily end up in trash bins, destined for a landfill where they will take upwards of 500 hundred years to decompose. Luckily, there’s a better solution: recycling and donating. By properly recycling or donating these devices, you not only reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, but also contribute to the creation of new products made from the materials of your old devices. It’s an easy and impactful way to make a difference for both the environment and your community. So, before tossing out that old TV or laptop, consider taking it to a recycling centre or tech stores, for example Apple’s recycling program will take any of your devices and recycle them.

5.

Use sustainable cleaning products

Using sustainable cleaning products during your move will further reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable living environment. 

Your furniture can change lives.

Furniture Bank is here to make sure furniture is donated directly to those in need so that your move makes a difference. 

Schedule your pickup today and join us in building stronger communities through sustainability driven action.

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