Packing for college can be a lot of work. In the face of the many pre-college activities, it’s easy to fall into old habits and fall amiss to living a sustainable lifestyle. With a little planning, the move to college can still embrace eco awareness and keep you on course with your personal sustainability plan.
In our eco-friendly consulting, we advise clients to employ the sustainability concepts reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. Moving to college offers a great way to revisit old moving habits and replace them with choices that get the job done, as well as reduce the impact on the environment. Here are some tips:
- Reduce the packing load by minimizing the items you bring with you.
- Make use of your empty suitcases to pack up items and accessories.
- Look for used boxes on Craig’s list, local liquor stores and grocery stores.
- Put storage crates from around the house or boxes used for bulk purchases to good use.
- Ask neighbors and friends for bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, padded envelopes and other packing materials instead of purchasing them new.
- Newspaper and towels are great packaging material.
- Consider the use of a greenbox.
- For new purchases, make them at the destination to avoid additional transportation cost of moving it. Good sources include: Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.
- Evaluate your moving options: is a hybrid car or biodiesel-powered truck available?
- Once moved in, take eco-action to reduce moving waste by re-listing boxes and material on Craigslist or Freecycle and recycle the boxes beyond repair.
Keep in mind, that while at college you are building a new life, of sorts, for yourself. From life-long friendships and relationships, to jobs, classes and internships, the college years of a person’s life are sure to be memorable. As a green living consultant, I can’t think of a better time to begin a lifetime of good habits, embracing eco awareness and eco actions.