When it comes to sustainability, every decision we make counts. Making the little things like your daily habits greener” will make a huge impact with time, but it’s just as important to consider how you can make a big change now. Maybe you’ve cut back a lot on the amount of single-use plastics your household consumes, but this doesn’t do much good if your moving day produces a whole dumpster full of trash. 

If you’re getting ready to move in the near future, you may be wondering how you can maintain your green habits through the process. Making an eco-friendly move requires generating less waste and limiting your carbon footprint. Here are three ways you can keep your family on track for a sustainable move.

1) Declutter now

Chances are you have some time to prepare for your move. With advanced notice, it is easy to get started early on the decluttering of your home. This way, once moving day comes, you avoid filling countless trash bags of disposable items in a frenzy once your moving truck arrives. 

Once you have identified all the items you don’t need to take with you, consider holding a yard sale. This will give the opportunity to find a new home for your used goods and it avoids producing more waste. You may even make a little cash in the meantime!

Whatever you don’t end up selling or donating, recycle! Throwing things in the trash should be your very last resort.

2) Packing Materials: Do’s and Don’ts

When it gets down to packing time for your eco-friendly move, your first step is to gather any reusable boxes from your last move if you still have them. You can also seek out used cardboard boxes from your local grocery and hardware stores. A second sustainable option is to invest in some reusable, one-time purchase storage bins that you’ll keep for years. 

Next on the to-do list is to avoid reaching for packing peanuts and instead, use towels, blankets, comforters, and any other home items that could serve as a protective cushion for your belongings.

3) Choose Green Movers

If sustainability is important to you, it should be important to your moving company too. They can do a lot to minimize the carbon footprint of your move. For example, if you’ll be using a truck or van, the driver can plan lower impact routes, drive in a more environmentally friendly way, and minimize the amount of time they spend idling. Some moving agents even have a “sustainable agent certification” which is something to keep an eye out for if this is of interest to you.