If you’re going green, moving is a great place to practice what you’re learning about being more eco-friendly
Moving house doesn’t have to be wasteful or inherently bad for the environment. While moving can be a trying experience at best, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for you as well as easier on your carbon footprint.
• If you are moving a short distance, make as few trips between your old home and new home as possible. If you’ll be using a professional moving service, choose a moving vehicle that suits the size of your move. A van with more than enough room might seem useful ‘just in case’, but using a smaller vehicle cuts down on fuel consumption. Estimate how much room you’ll need in a moving van and choose one that will fit correctly.
• Hoard your own packing materials. Cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and newspaper are useful. If you don’t know about your move far enough in advance to collect materials, call around to friends, family, and local supermarkets to see if they have anything available to donate. If you must buy materials, stay away from anything that isn’t biodegradable. Many retailers now carry packing boxes and padding made from recycled materials. You can also use your own pillows and blankets to pad breakable items when possible.
• Deal with your clutter. Don’t throw away belongings that you can’t or don’t want to take with you. Donate it to charity, homeless shelters, or friends. Have a garage sale, if you need the money, and donate anything that’s left. If you have broken electronics lying around, don’t toss them into the trash. Take them to an electronics recycling facility to be disposed of properly. You will be surprised at how many people take unwanted clutter to thier next home quite often to the tune of 20 or 30% of thier packaging.
• Cut down on mail waste. Make sure to notify any mail subscriptions well ahead of time to keep from having wasteful mail sent to your old address. Consider having hardcopy subscriptions transferred to e-mail or online subscriptions, when available.
• When cleaning your old home before leaving it, clean it yourself instead of hiring a cleaning company and use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Many manufacturers now have non-toxic, environmentally-friendly formulations.
• Don’t just throw away uneaten food from your kitchen or pantry. Give food items that are still good to friends, family, or a soup kitchen. If you’re moving long-distance, pack an ice chest with food and drinks you already have and eat them instead of stopping for heavily-packaged fast food on the road.
All in all, stay green, have fun and enjoy your move and your new start in life!
This post was written on Behalf of UPack Professional Moving Services in the US