College Grads: Green Your Waste

green school

Congratulations to the graduating seniors of the class of 2014! With four of the best years of your young adulthood coming to an end, most of you are preparing to move out of university housing and either back home with your folks or elsewhere to pursue the career of your dreams. As you consider what will be moving with you and what will be tossed away, consider these eco-friendly alternative ways to dispose of your worn furniture and green your waste!

For starters, you can hire a furniture recycler. After doing some research we found that many reputable moving companies provide a variety of green disposal solutions to residential and commercial customers across the United States and Canada. The guys at College Hunks Hauling Junk are movers and junk removal specialists that promise a “100% Stress-Free” moving experience. Over 70% of the junk that the franchises, conveniently located in 50 cities throughout North America, tow away is either donated or recycled. For commercial service, third party companies, such as Green Standards Ltd, will arrange the removal of a business’s unwanted furniture and then schedule donations to non-profits within the company’s local community.

A second (and our fav) method is upcycling your used furniture. This modern take on revamping old fixtures is not only really chic but it also benefits the environment by keeping waste out of landfills. A creative mind can virtually upcycle anything and everything with a few crafty materials. If you’re looking to be inspired, search Pinterest for DIY projects. See below for examples courtesy of Shoplet, Shoplet Promos, Shoplet Canada, and Shoplet UK:

Courtesy of Shoplet UK

Courtesy of Shoplet UK

Courtesy of Shoplet Promos

Courtesy of Shoplet Promos

Courtesy of Shoplet Canada

Courtesy of Shoplet Canada

Courtesy of Shoplet

Courtesy of Shoplet

Donating to charity may be the most common and reasonable option for college students (we know how tight $$$ can be – especially at the end of the school year). Donating things that you no longer use minimizes your carbon footprint and helps out people less fortunate. Unless you have a heart made of stone, knowing that your donation will benefit the life of someone else provides a sense of fulfillment. But whether you’re heartless or sympathetic, donations are ALWAYS tax-deductible so give, give, GIVE! A few charities that have collection centers set up throughout North America and beyond are Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, and Goodwill.

For anyone in favor of option #2- we’d love to see what you’ve upcycled! Share with us on twitter @Shoplet @Shoplet_Promos @ShopletCanada @ShopletUK