Moving can be an exciting and busy time in your life. You’ve got a new home or apartment, and you’re gearing up to get everything ready for the move. For a growing number of people today, moving is also a way to help the environment.
As more people become aware of the sustainability movement, they’re now looking for ways to help our environment by using recycled materials to reduce how much waste we generate. That’s a key reason why people are starting to use sustainable packaging materials when they’re planning a move or relocation.
Sustainable packaging is all about using those materials that reduce our environmental impact, and the good news is it’s a growing industry. There’s even an organization, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, offering online tutorials for people who want to learn more about how they can make a difference.
So if you’re planning a move, here are tips on smart sustainable packing solutions.
What is the Sustainable Packaging Movement?
The sustainability movement has been encouraging people to recycle products more often and to products that won’t end up in our landfills. For sustainable packaging, that means using recycled and recyclable materials. Fortunately, as more people have become interested in sustainability, manufacturers have responded by creating packaging products that focus on reusability, and that are compostable and biodegradable.
One of the reasons why recycled packaging materials are becoming more popular is that Americans generate nearly 80 million tons of packing waste each year, according to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a key reason why packaging has come in for a sustainable makeover.
If you’re moving and want to do it in an eco-friendly way, here are the best ways to do that.
Smart Ways to Use Sustainable Packaging During Your Move
We all know how it is with moving — you need all these boxes and other supplies to pack everything for the transition, but then what to do with all that material afterward? Glad you asked! Before you begin packing your belongings, try gearing up for your move this way.
Rent Reusable Boxes
You don’t need to worry about getting rid of boxes if you rent moving boxes specifically designed to be reusable, rather than buying new cardboard boxes. Numerous companies provide this service, including:
Find Used Boxes
There’s a good chance that shops like grocery and clothing stores in your neighborhood or city have plenty of used cardboard boxes they’re ready to discard. Contact them and see if you can take them off their hands. Chances are you can get them for free, and you can reuse these boxes before putting them in your recycling bin.
Use Eco-Friendly Wrappings
Did you know there’s now an eco-friendly bubble wrap that provides a green alternative to traditional bubble wrap, one that is made from recycled content? It’s ideal for those glass items that you definitely want to protect during the move. You can also use products that are easy to recycle (like newspapers), or items you have at home, like towels and t-shirts, rather than any kind of wrapping material that you’d otherwise just throw away after the move.
How Can Self-Storage Help You During Your Move?
Another good option is to consider using a self-storage unit like the ones available at Treasure Island Storage, which has facilities across New York City where you can safely and conveniently store anything before and after your move. If you need a place to store your belongings until your new apartment is ready, or if you need long-term storage, Treasure Island Storage offers storage units of various sizes to meet your needs.
Other benefits of renting from us include:
- Climate controlled units
- Advanced security like video surveillance
- 24/7 access to your unit
- Free wifi and internet at our facilities
- Short and long-term lease options
- Convenient online renting and payment options
- Free use of our moving van.
Storage for Your Household Items Throughout NYC
With a variety of sizes and features in our many locations, we have storage units specifically made to all meet your storage needs. Treasure Island Storage has more than a decade of experience providing solutions for household and commercial storage, so we know how to take proper care of anything that’s brought here. Give us a call today at 212-804-8972 to find out about all our units, services, and locations.