We all have a role to play when it comes to protecting the environment, and that responsibility extends to the moving process. Ridgewood Moving Services has embraced eco-friendly practices for decades by recycling boxes and materials. Our customers benefit from our complimentary recycling program, which provides gently used boxes and materials collected from our previous clients.
This sustainable approach is a win-win for everyone involved. Our team uses eco-crates to reduce further our environmental impact for transporting pictures, mirrors, TVs, and other delicate items. These sturdy containers feature adjustable slats to accommodate various shapes and sizes, ensuring a secure and efficient move. For commercial projects, we offer plastic crates as containers for files and staff workstations.
To help you make your move more sustainable, we’ve compiled a list of six smart, sustainable moving tips. Keep in mind that these suggestions rely on decluttering before your move. As the saying goes, “Don’t trash your move by moving your trash.” Purging, donating, and trashing unwanted items before the big day will save you time and money.
- Plastic Containers: Movers are happy to work with plastic bins. Just ensure the tops are secured with tape and the contents are not overloaded.
- Creative Containers: Use items you already have at home as packing containers. Suitcases, trunks, tote bags, and hampers are perfect for clothing and lightweight items. You can even pack soft plush toys, pillows, and other linens in sturdy bags for local moves.
- Cardboard Boxes: The average move requires 60 or more boxes, with many clients using well over 100 repurposed boxes from liquor stores, grocery stores, neighbors, or online sources like Facebook and Craigslist. At Ridgewood Moving, we also collect boxes from our previous clients (and we’ll take boxes from anyone, including other moving companies or home improvement stores).
- Eco-Friendly Packing Paper: We collect and reuse unprinted newsprint for packing, which is more environmentally friendly than bubble wrap. You can also use old blankets, towels, tablecloths, and other textiles to protect your belongings during the move.
- Donate: Take the time to research and donate your unwanted items to reduce the carbon footprint of your move. Check out our Declutter Donation Resource List for ideas on where to donate: Home Preparation Resource List.
- Sell or Gift: Some clients work with estate sale coordinators or hold their own garage sales to get rid of unwanted items. You can also use Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, but exercise caution when using these platforms. Gifting items to friends or family members is another option, as is checking with your home buyer to see if they’re interested in any of your furniture or other items.
Moving is a significant undertaking, but with proper planning and the assistance of professionals, you can make the process more streamlined and eco-friendly. Choose a moving company like Ridgewood Moving Services, which is committed to recycling and reusing materials for a greener, more sustainable future. Remember, it’s never too early to prepare for your next move!