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How to make your next move a GREEN move?

Being GREEN is on everybody’s lips nowadays and apart from being the latest food trend, it has actually become a conscious healthy lifestyle & living choice for a majority of Canadians. If you are one to continually look for environment-friendly products or solutions, this article will certainly give you great tips to make your next move fit your GREEN way of living.

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On the other hand, if you have not jumped on the ECO-friendly bandwagon yet, GET ON IT!

When it comes to moving, being environmentally responsible can be easily summed up in 3 words of action: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE – also called the 3R strategy of waste management

  • REDUCE

The first favourable action towards waste management aims to REDUCE the amount of waste generated by choosing the items you most frequently use with care. We’re positive you’ve already considered ECO-friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic household cleaning products to reduce environmental impacts when it comes to cleaning your new house before you move in. However, if you are not familiar with GREEN household products, look for the EcoLogo certification on the cleaning products you choose to make sure they are environment-friendly.

You can also find great natural alternatives like using a mixture of white distilled vinegar and salt to remove soap buildups in your kitchen or in your bathroom; or using diluted vinegar to get your living room windows crystal-clear! Likewise, there are many household products that you probably already own that are extremely beneficial ingredients to use in DIY cleaning products. For example, you can do a mixture of baking soda and your favourite essential oils to make the perfect air-freshener in the living room, before you move in… or you can opt for a mix of hot water and hydrogen peroxide to brighten up your bathroom tiles!

  • REUSE

The second most favourable action to prevent waste is self-explanatory: the goal is to REUSE items or parts which still have usable aspects. For example, you can definitely get repeated use out of the plastic bottles, containers, glass jars or cans you already have in your house. Depending on their size, you can use those items to make your natural household cleaning products. You can also decorate your jars and containers and reuse them for packing purposes of small items and long-lost hidden treasures you might discover while getting ready to pack your house. Instead of throwing away your old furniture, disassemble it and reuse the wood to create a cool coffee table or shelves for your books! In order to cut down on waste, REPURPOSING items is definitely something you should look into when you are moving. And if you can’t seem to find a new purpose for your items then…RECYCLE.

  • RECYCLE

Typically, recycling is using waste as a resource, and it is the last action that can be taken in terms of waste management. In the moving context, RECYCLE looks a lot like REUSE – the goal being to transform waste into reusable material. So, donate old clothes, books and electrical equipment to the community center near you so others can REUSE them. Making a selection of things you would like to throw away (clothes, equipment, furniture…), before you start packing, can help you determine the next steps for each item, either REUSE or RECYCLE. Also, when it’s time to move, making a waste diary surely will help you consider what you need to cut down on in the future! Ultimately, if you feel like certain items cannot be reused, make sure to dispose of them in their respective recycling bin.

As you are making a great effort to be GREEN while moving, you can also associate with other local businesses and brands that are sharing the same concerns for our environment in order to maximize your positive contribution.Among other great GREEN initiatives, MovingWaldo has partnered up with Montreal Box Depot, a packaging company that proudly offers sustainable, reusable and ECO-friendly moving and shipping boxes. At Montreal Box Depot, all their manufactured corrugated boxes, in accordance to industry standards, are truly GREEN in nature and are based on the 3R strategy of waste management. REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. Their complete line of corrugated moving and stock boxes are made up of 75% post-consumer waste (recycled fiber) and 25% unbleached virgin fiber, are made up of certified allergen-free components and are printed with environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks.

Furthermore, apart from recycling those moving boxes after you settle at your new location – or reusing them to help a friend move – you could RE-PURPOSE them: they could serve as excellent storage boxes for seasonal clothing, old books you want to keep cherishing and special souvenirs from your old house!

All in all, the goal of the REDUCE- REUSE- RECYCLE strategy is to continually make healthy lifestyle & living choices in order for them to simply become ordinary good habits. We dare you to try it!