How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Move

June 11, 2018
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As household appliances and technologies have grown more sophisticated, their construction processes have become increasingly complex, meaning a larger variety of manufacturing materials with a wider variance of biodegradability and eco-friendliness. As such, the average person must be more attentive to their e-waste disposal practices to reduce their environmental impact.

Simultaneously, moving is messy business and retaining every knick-knack you unintentionally stored in your home and ultimately forgot about is an inefficient use of time at best and a complete headache at worst. To help you plan the eco-friendliest move possible, we’ve teamed with San Jose long distance movers to create a list of key recycling tasks that should be on your moving checklist.

 

Dispose of Your Tech Responsibly

Let’s be honest: this is a big ask considering some of us don’t exhibit responsibility when handling the tech we currently use. This may seem harsh, but at the same time, I guarantee someone is reading this right now through a cracked iPhone screen. Old computers, TVs, printers, phones, stereos, and many other home electronics contain lead, mercury, and flame-retardant chemical deposits that can be harmful to the surrounding environment and those that come in contact with them.

First, organize your old electronics by whether they’re still in good, working condition, or whether they contain parts that are valued more than the products they originate from. Sell, donate, and salvage as much as possible to whittle your old electronic cache down. Then, send the rest to a local e-waste recycling facility.

 

Considering Repurposing Certain Items

Recycling is all about repurposing our disposable items, but you don’t always have to take something to a recycling plant to officially turn back the clock on it. Get into the habit of repurposing items during your day-to-day, especially when preparing for a move. For example, reuse old boxes from past moves, if they are structurally secure enough to do so, and use unseasonal clothing to wrap and protect fragile items to reduce your reliance on bubble and shrink wrap.

 

Hire a Green Mover

Even the largest conglomerates have taken note of the widespread consumer shift towards greener living solutions. In order to meet this mounting customer demand, many of those same companies have drastically altered not only their products, but the means of their production, so they can market how dramatically they’ve shrunk their carbon footprint.

Many moving services have taken up the same initiatives because a substantial part of their core business revolves around operating large, fuel-hungry trucks and freight vehicles across long distances. During the initial consultation with your move coordinator, ask for specific information about the company’s fuel and energy efficiency standards, and make this a serious consideration when choosing your ideal mover.


Preparing for a move can be nerve-wracking, but many rewarding experiences can be at first. It can be a lot to organize not only the transport of your most valued possessions, but also the proper disposal and recycling of items you no longer need; and if you rush the last part, it could be detrimental to the planet in the long run. But with a little due diligence, you’ll be able to enjoy the doubly rewarding feeling of a new home and the knowledge that you’re looking out for the world you live in.

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