Instead of polluting with dozens of cardboard boxes during your upcoming move, the Valley’s new Green Bin offers an earth-friendly way to get packing by offering rentable moving containers (which can be reused hundreds of times!). Here, the pros at Green Bin offers four more tips for making an eco-friendly move.
1. Wrap fragile items in linens you already own–sheets, blankets, pool towels, bath towels, etc. Pillowcases are especially handy for this. Simply slip in your glass or dish and roll, starting at the base of the pillowcase. You have to pack these linens anyway. Using them in place of bubble wrap will not only benefit the earth but will save you space, meaning less boxes you’ll need to pack!
2. Use more packing materials when in doubt. This may seem more wasteful but it’s not, especially if you are using tip #1. If your wine glass, plate, lamp, etc. breaks in transit, it is not recyclable. If you can’t fix it, you’ll have to throw it out and it will sit in a landfill. And if the broken items contains liquid like olive oil or syrup, then you run the risk of it ruining other items. Packing with care means your items will have a longer life.
3. Pack items in your suitcases, duffle bags, backpacks, laundry baskets, large pots. Again, using items you already have is the most sustainable option there is.
4. Rent moving boxes instead of buying them. Cardboard boxes can typically be reused one to three times, unless you are moving on a rainy day or during a monsoon. Plastic moving bins can be used 400-plus times. Renting from locally-owned Green Bin means that the bins and rest of your packing supplies are fully recyclable at the end of their life.
Bonus: Green Bin donates a portion of every sale to plant trees in the Valley!