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When you're moving from one home to another, you will probably have an abundance of boxes and moving supplies that you simply throw away. While this might be convenient, it's not really good for the environment. There are a few things that you can do when you're moving that will prevent a large stockpile of items that are just tossed in the trash, keeping the landfills a bit cleaner in the process.
Donate
Instead of throwing away clothing, toys and other items that you no longer want or need, donate them to someone who can use them. It could be a secondhand store, a church or an organization that helps people get back on their feet. If there is something that is torn and simply can't be used again, then you would want to discard of these items.
Hire A Moving Company
A moving company knows how to pack without using a lot of supplies. The company often has tools that can be used multiple times instead of using items that are thrown away. A benefit of using the moving truck is that everything can be taken to the new home in one trip, saving gas that might be used if you were to take several cars or if you would have to make multiple trips to get everything from one home to another. This will keep gas emissions from the air, even in a small way.
Smart Packing
When you begin to pack your clothing, toys and other items, there are things that you don't even need to put in a box. Keep your clothes on the hangers, putting them in a back seat so that you can easily hang them in your new closet. Stuffed animals can go in a bag that you can use again. Blankets don't need to go in anything because you can just fold them and put them on a seat or in the trunk. These simple strategies will save boxes and other supplies that will just take up room in the trash can.
Recycle
Whether it's recycling materials from your old home or recycling the paint cans and other supplies after moving into the new home, this is a way that you can give something back to the environment. You might even make a little money in the process as some businesses will pay for the metal, plastic and other items that you recycle.
Moving should be fun, but you need to ensure that you're not wasting resources. When you plan ahead, you can utilize tips that will mean less unpacking and less waste when you get to the new home. Enjoy the time that is spent getting the new home organized and decorated instead of worrying with excess boxes and other supplies.

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