We know that you’re probably like us; you want to do your part to take care of the environment. We make reusable moving boxes our business in order to help people in Toronto and beyond stay eco-friendly when moving. But that’s not all we do. Here at Blue Bins, we continue to stay committed to taking care of the environment through small, everyday actions. Try any of the actions below and let us know how your green year goes!
Decrease your Energy Consumption
You’re probably already turning off lights when you leave a room, and maybe you already have a programmable thermostat to lower the heat or AC when you aren’t home. If new appliances are in your future, look for ones that are Energy Star compliant to ensure that they do the job efficiently! This is also something that you can look for if you are moving into a new home or apartment that comes with any appliances installed.
Decrease Your Waste
Reduce, reuse, and recycle is a good place to start reducing your carbon footprint. However, one of the foundations of the zero waste movement adds a 4th R to the old adage: Refuse. If you’re at a store, refuse plastic bags or extra packaging. Refuse paper billing, and shift your payments online. Refuse plastic cutlery with take out or paper napkins at a barbeque. Refuse cardboard boxes for your move, and switch to plastic moving boxes if you plan to relocate this year. Our plastic moving boxes are reusable and sturdy, saving lots of boxes from ending up in landfills.
Decrease Your Spending
While having new things can be nice, consumer culture means that more of us have more things than we can use or need. Instead of buying new clothes, see if you can repair what you have, or check out a thrift store. Find free or low-cost activities that are eco-friendly, like taking a hike or playing basketball at a public park. Decrease spending in your office by reusing scrap paper and avoiding printing where possible. Host a clothing swap or a book swap with your friends, and then pack any leftover items into plastic moving boxes and drop them off to donate.
Taking any small actions to reduce your carbon footprint can have a big impact. Here at Blue Bins, we’ll continue to take care of the planet by offering plastic moving boxes and trying out some of these strategies. If you’d like to join us, contact us to reserve boxes for your upcoming move and let us know how you’ll be making 2018 a green year.