We just celebrated Earth Day, and now is the time to get our green game on and get busy preserving our one and only beautiful earth. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it.
Spring also brings the beginning of the busy moving season. Pair these two occasions together and we have the perfect opportunity to make greener pastures.
If you are one of the millions on the move this spring, make it an eco-friendly one by hiring a green mover. Yes, you can make a difference when moving. Eco-friendly moving or green moving companies help you move with the smallest carbon footprint possible while incurring no additional costs. Moving green can be less expensive! Sometimes, it is actually easy being green.
Here are the top 5 reasons to move green:
1. Breathe Easier: You like to breathe, don’t you? Well, I know I do.
Trucks that use diesel fuel emit harmful toxins into our air and are responsible for the majority of cancer risk from outdoor air pollutants.
The Green Solution: Green moving companies run their trucks on biodiesel fuel which is a cleaner burning fuel made from natural renewable sources such as vegetable oils. Moving trucks with battery-operated lift gates insure there is no need to leave the trucks idling at your curb while the move is taking place. Also, a government regulated weigh station installed and monitored at the moving company’s headquarters saves unnecessary and costly fuel expenditures to off-site weigh stations.
2. Less Waste – Your mother will be so proud and so will Mother Nature.
Moving creates a lot of waste that contribute to our landfills. When you think moving, what comes to mind first? Boxes, boxes and more boxes…
The Green Solution: From boxes to bubble wrap, green movers will only use 100% recyclable materials to keep our neighborhoods cleaner and greener. Green movers will also give you tips on how to pack greener such as using real popcorn to pack fragile items. Eco bubble is a real, recyclable and not made out of petroleum; go ahead pop away guilt free! Save money by asking moving companies for used boxes made of recyclable materials.. Some green moving companies will even give you a refund for returning your boxes at the end of your move. Cha-ching!
3. Save Land – Why pave paradise?
Old fashion self-storage facilities with inefficient garage type self-storage facilities employ poor land use practices.
The Green Solution: Green moving companies have access to green storage. Green storage is warehouse based and not long paved rows of self-storage “garages.” Your belongings are stored inside the warehouse in recyclable and reusable wooden vaults. Not only is this storage greener for the environment, it is greener for your wallet. You only pay for the space you actually need!
4. Give Back – Moving is the time when we dispose of the most stuff.
Because you are moving, finally, the garage and closets get cleaned out (hurray!). Now is the time to get rid of what you don’t really need. But, don’t just toss them out.
The Green Solution: You know the drill: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Leading green movers know it too! They have vetted alliances with charities and domestic e-waste recyclers so your old computers, microwaves (aka spy cameras), etc. are not shipped off to unregulated third world environmental disaster dumping grounds, but instead are recycled in facilities that follow U.S. environmental regulations. Eco-friendly movers make the disposal process green by connecting you with charities who can really make use of all those old clothes, food banks that can use those Costco-sized cans of tuna, and recyclers that will dispose of your unwanted items in an eco-friendly way.
5. Green Conscious Means Customer Conscious
Many companies think of moving as a one-time transaction. They don’t care if they ever see you or your neighbors again. Yikes, how do you think they will treat you and your stuff?
The Green Solution: When using a moving company that is more environmentally friendly, you are also gaining movers that go the extra mile in providing top-of-the-line client service. Chances are if they care about the earth, they care about the folks that inhabit it too. They care about lasting relationships. Go ahead: hug your green mover.
So, use your “green” to influence and encourage green habits by hiring companies that use environmental-friendly practices in their offices and warehouses.. Green moving companies’ eco-awareness usually radiates throughout the entire organization and because they care about their entire environment they practice giving back to the community. It’s a great big green win – win!
Pat yourself on the back, you’re making Mother Earth smile.