Earth Day: Can Your Divorce Be Good for The Environment

The divorce process is most notably recognized as one that takes a severe emotional and financial toll on the individuals involved. However, most people involved in the process are not aware that divorce can also take a toll on the environment. With Earth Day around the corner, it’s a great idea to reflect on all the ways you can make a difference positively in your life during an otherwise stressful experience.

For the most part, married couples and their families use less energy, heat, and air conditioning than couples who are divorced. This is because two separate households use more of these utilities than one household. However, there are plenty of practices that divorcées can take to make their households eco-friendlier and in turn a safer place for the environment.

Here are a few tactics you can implement throughout your separation process to give back to the environment this Earth Day.

  • Downsizing: If you are relocating, this might be the perfect time to downsize and get rid of what you truly don’t need. After going through your possessions, you can either sell them or donate them rather than just throwing them out. It has the added bonus of either generating a few extra dollars from selling your items, or perhaps a charitable donation on your tax return. It can also be therapeutic to get rid of some of your old possessions and trade them in for something new.
  • Replacing: Once you have relocated, there are many ways to replace your old items with new eco-friendly counterparts. Some of these replacements include the use of LED light bulbs instead of regular ones; Updating your HVAC system to a more environmentally conscious A/C or programmable thermostat; Using recycled and eco-friendly products; And lastly purchasing a car with better gas mileage.
  • Moving Materials: Plan ahead for your moving day by exploring companies that are eco-friendly. There are plenty that promise to use low-emission trucks, LED cargo areas and recycled materials. Additionally, instead of buying new boxes for the process you can re-use old ones you have or borrow some from a friend. Lastly, once you begin moving items in on the day of, you can use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, such as white vinegar, essential oils, lemon, and baking soda to clean your items.

David Badanes, Esq. and The Badanes Law Office, P.C. believe that recycling and other eco-friendly measures are important for clients to consider. If you are contemplating getting a divorce, and need a divorce lawyer to represent you, call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702, email at or visit our web site:  The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Uniondale, Nassau County.

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