These days, we’re all doing our part to contribute to a greener, more eco-friendly world. While no one individual can save the world, we can all make an impact by making relatively small changes to our daily habits—and how we move is no exception!
Reducing waste makes a huge difference, so let’s talk about what we can do be more eco-friendly when we’re getting ready to move.
USE ECO-FRIENDLY MOVING SUPPLIES
When you’re getting ready to move, look for 100% recyclable boxes, packing paper, and even biodegradable eco-bubble. If you’re moving in Calgary or Winnipeg, you need look no further as we sell 100% recyclable boxes in both cities!
You can also look for lightly used boxes from grocery stores, home improvement chains, or pretty much any brick-and-mortar store that sells goods. Reusing boxes is a great way to reduce waste and make the most of products that are already in circulation.
LOOK FOR NATURAL ALTERNATIVES
Did you know that you can purchase biodegradable packing peanuts made of wheat or corn starch? They dissolve in water and are totally safe for your sink, or you can add them to your compost pile! This is a huge step up from classic Styrofoam peanuts. Some people even use unbuttered popcorn as a natural filler when they’re packing!
DON’T DISCARD; DONATE
You’ll almost certainly be doing some downsizing before you move—after all, who wants to bring belongings they no longer want or need with them to their new home? While it can feel a lot easier to simply discard items that are no longer serving you, designating donation piles can save a lot of items from going into the landfill. You can donate lightly used furniture and items to a variety of organizations in Canada. More heavily used items are not a total lost cause, though—try listing them on Facebook freebie groups for people who love to upcycle!
USE CARE WHEN RECYCLING ELECTRONICS
We’re not e-waste experts, but we’re always happy to direct you to the sources who are! On the Government of Canada website, you can learn more about e-waste: where to dispose of old items like smart devices, fluorescent lights, batteries, computers, and more, as well as how best to protect your privacy when disposing of items that hold sensitive information.
And remember, you can often sell or give away products that are in good or decent condition—even items in poor condition may have reusable parts of interest to technology buffs who like to rebuild and fix electronics.