Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it can also have a negative environmental impact. When we’re moving, we often use more disposable products like packing supplies and make multiple trips in a moving truck, increasing our carbon footprint. If you’re looking to reduce your waste when you move, follow these easy tips on how to make your move eco-friendly!
Moving is a great time to go through your home and get rid of anything you don’t need. This reduces the number of possessions you need to move and can help reduce the trips you have to take in a moving truck. Before you start packing, take inventory of each room. If you haven't used an item in years - or don't even know what it is - you probably don't need it. When you’ve selected the items that will not be moving with you, try to sell, donate or recycle them.
The first step in making a packing plan is to take note of how many boxes and bags you already own that can help you with your move. Fit anything you can into your duffle bags, suitcases and storage bins.
When you do gather boxes, go green and save money by obtaining used boxes. Look for boxes at restaurants or retail stores and offer to take them off their hands. You can also buy used cardboard boxes or get some from other movers on freecycle.org and many local selling sites. Don’t forget about larger boxes from your online orders.
Make sure to sell or give your boxes to someone else after you’re done. Another option is to avoid using cardboard boxes altogether and rent reusable packing crates instead.
Instead of using bubble wrap, use green packing materials like recycled newspaper or paper packing material. Some moving companies offer biodegradable packing peanuts. You can also save money and pack double-duty by using old towels or clothes to protect your breakables.
Using a moving truck is often an inevitable source of waste when we move, but there may be moving companies that are conscientious of their environmental impact. Before you hire a moving company or rent a moving truck, research eco-friendly moving companies in your area. You may be surprised by your options.
Make sure you get the right transport for the job. If all you’ll need is a trailer, find a friend with a truck. If you need to rent a moving truck, opt for the smaller, cheaper and more gas-efficient rental.
When you have selected your rental truck or moving company, make sure the truck is packed efficiently to reduce the number of trips you have to make. This will both help the environment and save you gas money.
Preparing your own meals before you move will help you avoid expensive takeout food and its disposable containers. Prepare a few days’ worth of meals that can be refrigerated or frozen so that you can just pop them in the microwave at meal time.
Making your move a little more environmentally friendly is not only easy, but can save you money! Do the environment and your wallet a favor and go green with your move.