When Americans Forget To Go Green

storage and moving companiesResearchers all over the world have worked together to reach a final consensus about climate change. An article from The Guardian reveals what they found: “[The] overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed papers taking a position on global warming say humans are causing it.” With that in mind, it’s time for Americans to start taking action, and some of the most important opportunities to go green may not be as apparent as you think.

Some eco-friendly tips are fairly obvious. Recycle plastic bottles, reuse newspapers to cover your children’s school books, rinse out plastic food containers and use them to store leftovers. If you like to sing in the shower, conserve water by choosing relatively short solos (forget about “Freebird” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”).

However, too many people completely neglect green initiatives when they are confronted with the stress of moving — despite the fact that eco-friendly moving tips are often also money-saving ones. Storage and moving companies share their best secrets for a green relocation:

Pay It Forward
Carefully go through your things, and donate gently used items you’ll no longer need to charities (or help fund moves with a yard sale). Don’t forget about canned goods and perishable items. If you are moving a long distance, donate canned foods to local pantries, food banks, or churches. Leftover eggs or bread, on the other hand, can go to any college kids in your extended family — or maybe even to family or friends who just moved themselves.

You Don’t Need Bubble Wrap And Styrofoam Peanuts To Pack
Chances are, no one will be unpacking for you. That means you can use whatever packing materials you like — without any raised eyebrows or similar judgments. Stay Earth-friendly by carefully wrapping breakables and glassware in hand towels or off-season clothes. This also cuts down on the number of boxes you’ll need to haul. Speaking of boxes, one of the most time-honored, and frugal, moving tricks still applies: get boxes from your local liquor store or grocer instead of buying brand new ones.

Carefully Choose A Full Service Moving Company
What are some of the things you should be thinking about when comparing moving company quotes? Cost and reputation might top the list, but a quality long distance moving company will take the environment into consideration, as well. Plenty of storage and moving companies offer electronic communications to cut down on paper waste, use trucks with low emissions, and even sell and/or utilize recycled paper and cardboard packing products.

Two-thirds of Americans ages 18 to 29 have moved within the last five years or less. Talk to one of the 172,000 people working at U.S. storage and moving companies about what they do to make their services as eco-friendly as possible. With the industry bringing in $26 billion a year, you’ll easily have several different options to choose from.

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