Green, eco-friendly, low carbon, renewable. All of these are terms for what our society believes businesses should be, more ‘sustainable.’ What is the definition of sustainable and how can we have an eco-friendlier move and lower our carbon footprint just a little bit?
Eliminate the Need to Purchase Moving Boxes
What? Don’t buy moving boxes? That’s right. Did you know that a lot of people give away moving boxes or sell them when they are done using them? You can go to Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up to find those giving away moving boxes, selling them, or selling plastic storage bins (my personal favorite) inexpensively, and recycle them for your own use.
By recycling cardboard moving boxes, you are keeping them from hitting someone’s garbage or recycling bin and losing their ability to be used over again. If you have a green thumb, save the cardboard boxes (if you don’t want to pay it forward again), and use them at the end of the summer season in your garden. Pull some soil off the top of your garden, cut the boxes into single layers and put the soil back on top. The paper in the cardboard will decompose and rejuvenate the soil, giving you richer soil to plant in the spring. Your boxes helped you create a food source. What’s more renewable and greener than that!?!? Just be sure to pull off any plastic tape and dispose of it appropriately so that it does not become part of your garden…
By buying used plastic bins, you’re clearly saving the world from the energy of recycling and putting them to good use. Don’t throw them out, however, pay it forward and give them away or resell them again so that someone else gets good use from them. The plastic, as we all know takes forever (literally) to decompose, if it ever does at all…
Recycle at Home
Bear with us for a moment. Let’s assume you bought a home with a wood fireplace or wood stove. You may have a ton of newspaper used in packing and your cardboard boxes from your move. Did you know that you could process the paper into a log, and use it in your fireplace? This device will allow you to compress paper into a log brick that you can use to heat your home…
To recycle your paper and boxes, follow the below directions:
- Using one of your plastic storage bins, you tear up the waste paper like an old newspaper, journals, and cardboard boxes into pieces and soak them in water overnight in your plastic bin or a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes or Home Depot.
- Put the soaking paper in the briquette maker basket and squeeze out excess water.
- Move it to a dry place and wait for it to become dry paper brick then you can use it as stove fuel.
It’s literally that simple…
Donate, Donate, Donate
The last way you can stay green in your attempt to move is to donate unwanted clothes, small appliances, etc. to the appropriate organizations such as Goodwill. We all have clothes, shoes, and other stuff we’ve barely used that can be of service of someone else who needs it. By donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross or some other deserving organization, we can ensure that the items will go to those who consume them based on their needs. To us, this is the ultimate in recycling and doing good by those who would best be served by the items you might normally just put in storage or in the back of your new closet.
When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.