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Is Self Storage Green?

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Sunday, April 22nd was Earth Day. This celebration of the Earth and its resources was developed at a United Nations conference in 1969 and in 1970 became officially adopted by the United Nations. This celebration has continued and grown all around the world ever since. The purpose of Earth Day is to recognize how humans influence the limited resources of our planet. The day’s celebrations encourage recycling, being energy-efficient, using sustainable energy resources and trying to keep the earth clean for future generations. Liberty County, Georgia is a great supporter of Earth Day activities. The “Keep Liberty County Beautiful” program was started earlier in the year and continues until the end of May. This program helps clean up parks and areas in Liberty County every weekend.  Many cities within Liberty County are also having their own “clean-up” days. The community clean-up for Hinesville and Walthourville  is this Saturday, April 28, 2012. The City of Hinesville had their 6th annual Earth Day celebration on April 23rd with programs that taught about organic gardening and organic foods, recycling and using “green” energy.

The self storage industry is actually on the forefront of the “green” movement. Many newer self storage facilities are powered by solar power. Some facilities have designed their facilities to be based on a geo-thermal program and use energy-efficient LED lights instead of the standard light bulbs. Some facilities are setting up recycling areas for cardboard boxes and other items that could be stored in a storage unit that can be recycled instead of thrown away.  Some companies are sponsoring electronic or paper recycling events at their facilities as well.  In addition, self storage companies are selling boxes made out of recyclable products. Stop N Stor offers boxes made out of recycled materials  at all of their facilities.

There are also things that you can do when packing your items (or even cleaning out storage units) for storage that can help lessen your footprint on the planet:

1. Use boxes made out of recycled materials. Reuse these boxes after storage or make sure to recycle them in the proper containers.

2. Pack fragile items such as collectibles, glasses or plates in clothes, recycled paper towels or packing peanuts made out of recycled materials. Use clothing as filler material in boxes filled with books or pots and pans.

3. When cleaning out the storage unit, recycle your belongings to use them again, donate or sell the items. Do not just throw the items away.

With the self-storage industry’s focus on encouraging “green” facilities, recycling programs and selling recyclable products, they are leading the way in helping protect the Earth’s resources.

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