Students today are more concerned than ever about the environment, but college move-in days typically produce huge piles of trash outside residence halls. To combat this, the Office of Sustainability offers these simple moving hacks to achieve an eco-friendly Move-In Day:
- Pack clothes, shoes, and sheets in re-usable plastic crates or even pillow cases.
- Wrap picture frames and other breakables in T-shirts, or towels. Sandwich larger items like framed posters between pillows, blankets or comforters.
- Pack school supplies in re-usable file crates with handles. The crates will come in handy for organizing schoolwork throughout the semester.
- Contact roommates before packing to avoid unnecessary duplicates like area rugs, tool kits, televisions or toaster ovens.
- Put toiletries in sturdy-handled shower baskets and re-usable zip-top bags, all of which can fit neatly into a laundry basket.
- Recycle any boxes you do bring on move-in day, especially new product cartons and packaging, by taking them to a designated collection site. Most campuses recycle cardboard, and some collect Styrofoam packaging.
- Remember to pack enough re-usable water bottles for everyone helping with the move. Move-in day is usually among the hottest of the year.