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When it comes to protecting the environment, kids are pretty keyed in. From Saturday morning cartoons to school science projects, they’re taught from an early age that recycling is good, waste is bad and making do with what you have can be both challenging and rewarding. So if you’re a parent planning a green move, involve your kids right from the start.

Turn Your Green Moving Efforts Into A Family Affair.
Start by talking with your kids about renewable energy and how it helps the environment, then ask your kids about their ideas for green moving.

Throughout your conversation, make a list of ideas you’d like to use and create an action plan.

To help you get started, here are a few of our top tips for planning a green move:

  • Use air-popped popcorn instead of packing peanuts. It not only protects your kids’ breakables, but it makes a great snack, too! You can also compost it later and use the soil for an organic garden.
  • Leave clothes in dresser drawers and stack them carefully in the moving van. This will help keep your things organized without having to use more boxes.
  • Use only reusable/recycled/recyclable containers for packing your belongings such as plastic crates.
  • Cut down on the amount of stuff you move by donating old clothes and toys to local charities.
  • Reduce the number of boxes you’ll use by stuffing socks, belts and accessories in shoes or jacket sleeves.
  • Plant a few trees in your new neighborhood – and your old neighborhood – to help offset your carbon footprint.
  • Use all-natural, phosphate-free cleaning products to clean your home before you leave.

We've also put together a series on getting kids excited about green moving, so read on for more information:

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