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Green Living Tips for Moving to College

| 6/19/2019 8:00:00 AM

Sending your child off to college can be a bittersweet experience, but at some point or another, you need to face the fact that they’ve grown up. It’s time to do your absolute best to help them start their own life on the right foot.

While your first instinct might be to go all out in making sure your child has everything they need as they prepare to start their new college life, it’s still worth taking a little time and forethought to make sure that the move is sustainably-minded too. Here are a few tips and tricks you can implement to ensure that the moving process — as well as the life your college student has on campus — is as smooth and green as possible.

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Recycle Your Belongings

When your child moves from your home to a college campus, it can be wise to plan the move and create checklists of what they’ll need ahead of time. This can help them remember everything that needs to be done and ensure that you go about packing and moving things in sustainable ways that minimize waste as well.

There are big-ticket items like their bed, desk, or couch, as well as smaller basics that are helpful to have upon arrival, like dishes, silverware, and even a trash can. If you have any of these in your own house that will ultimately be unused once your child has moved out, consider sending it along with them.

If, on the other hand, you have several larger items that end up being left behind, make sure to dispose of them properly once they are no longer needed. Consider donating larger things like bed frames, tables, and chairs, and look for proper recycling stations where things like televisions and mattresses can be properly recycled.

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