A few small changes to your “moving behaviour” can have a significant impact on the environment. Even the smallest change is a step in the right direction. Something as simple as changing your packing materials is enough of an eco-friendly behavioural adjustment but there’s more to it than that.
We’ve compiled a list of eco friendly moving tips to help you out.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Here’s your chance to avoid being the next guest on an episode of “Hoarders.” Go through your belongings carefully, and donate or recycle anything you no longer have any real use for.
The less you own, the less packing materials you’ll need. Your moving load will also be lighter, reducing the amount of fuel used by your moving truck. It might only be a minute adjustment but you’ll be doing your bit to reduce your carbon footprint.
Choose the Right Boxes or Bins
Eco friendly moving boxes are easy to come by. You can opt to buy boxes made from recycled materials or you can find boxes that have been used before. Additionally, used boxes are a great way to cut down on your moving expenses. If you do intend to buy boxes, do your best to only buy what you need.
Reusable moving bins made of recycled plastic are another great option. This means you don’t have to figure out how to responsibly dispose of cardboard. Many moving companies who offer this service will drop off and pick up their bins free of charge; which saves you time as well.
Use Environmentally Friendly Packing Materials
There’s no need to spend inordinate amounts of money on bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Your home is filled to the brim with unassuming packing materials. Old newspapers are great for wrapping kitchenware. Blankets and towels are great for protecting furniture and large appliances against dents and scratches.
If you do feel the urge to buy new packing materials, there are some fantastic eco friendly moving materials out there. Reusable padding and biodegradable bubble wrap are readily available. Supporting “green” packaging companies is another big step towards promoting a more environmentally friendly community in general.