Last Updated on July 5, 2022 by Admin
Moving to a new home is an exciting process. However, the one thing that most people don’t think about is the environmental impact of moving. This blog post will provide you with some environmentally friendly tips on making your move as eco-friendly as possible.
1. Go digital
Instead of printing out your important documents or photos, save them digitally. This will allow you to reduce the amount of paper that is used during moving. Additionally, this also reduces clutter in your home because all the physical copies are stored digitally.
2. Don’t forget about your old stuff
Sure, you might want to get rid of old stuff taking up space in your home. However, consider donating the items first before throwing them away or selling them on Craigslist/eBay.
This will not only reduce clutter for yourself but also help out those who are less fortunate than you by providing them with free household goods or clothes that they can use until they can afford their own again.
Not only does this provide a good deed for others, but it can cut down costs if you’re trying to sell something second-hand since there’s no guarantee someone would buy from you anyways. It’ll be better off donated or used for yourself.
3. Cut down on your food waste
When moving to a new home, there will likely be some leftover things in the fridge and pantry that you won’t need anymore, so it’s important not to let them go bad or spoil them before throwing them away.
If possible, reach out to friends & family who might want these items instead of tossing them into the trash can, which ultimately adds up over time if many people do this during their move.
Additionally, try composting any unused veggies/fruit peels so they aren’t wasted either since they provide nutrients for plants while being able to be used in the process of making compost.
4. Look for a moving company
Look for a moving company committed to being green and sustainable by using environmentally safe materials in their trucks, avoiding excess driving, recycling packing supplies they receive from customers when possible, etc.
A good way to do this research is on the internet, where reviews can be left about companies you have worked with within the past.
Simon Weller, the managing director of Skip-Rental.co.uk, suggests that a skip rental is important for helping you to remove waste from a garden, office, or home.
Before actually hiring a van or lorry to help transport your goods, make sure that it’s appropriate for what you’re moving. Size matters with vans since it determines the number of items you can fit inside.
Not only that, but it will save you more money in the long run if you don’t hire a van which is too big for your needs.
5. Recycle your old boxes
Use them again. Most moving companies will provide recycling bins to make this process super easy for you.
You can also use a separate bin to recycle paper goods and other non-box materials that might have come into contact with the contents of your home, such as packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
Additionally, if there is any extra cardboard in good condition after you’re done reusing it, consider donating it to someone who could put it to good use instead of throwing away “perfectly fine” supplies, so they get recycled anyway.
Many charities accept used boxes from people looking to donate items for reuse by others in need – yet another way saving money saves the planet.
6. Pack your items in reusable bags or boxes
Using reusables reduces landfill waste by eliminating the need for disposable plastic wrap, bubble wrap, peanuts, and other packing materials that may not be accepted at recycling centers.
Additionally, suppose you’re planning to donate any of your belongings instead of throwing them away when you move out (which is always a great idea).
In that case, it saves time and effort to have everything already packed up, so you don’t have to get back into the process again once the unpacking is finished.
Plus, using reused containers can help save money! They are often free. Ask friends if they have anything around their house before buying new storage supplies.
While shopping at thrift stores or yard sales for reusables can save you even more.
7. Compost Your Garden Waste
Studies show that composting is another green tip when moving is to compost any garden waste from plant cuttings and food scraps instead of throwing them away into landfill sites.
This is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint without having to do too much work. After all, you are moving house, so the last thing you need is more work on your plate.
8. Recycle Rubbish
Recycling rubbish is another good action that cuts down on the amount of waste in landfill sites. Before throwing anything away, ask yourself if it can be recycled or reused in some way first.
If not, think about buying items made from recycled materials next time you are at the store instead of products made from newly cut trees or mined minerals.
9. Use solar light when possible
When relocating to a new home outside of the city, make sure you use solar lights wherever possible because they are easy to install, have low maintenance costs, and do not require batteries. Solar lights are easily available online or at your local home improvement store.
10. Take Only What You Need
It seems counterintuitive, but when going from a big house to a smaller one or vice versa, you should only take what you will actually need in the new place.
This will help you save money, time, and resources in the long run. However, if you know that you will need something from a certain room at some point, do not discard it together. Instead, take it apart so that you can reassemble it when necessary.
Relocating to a new place can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so many things on your plate, it’s easy to overlook the eco-friendly considerations when you’re in such a busy time of life.
What other eco-friendly tips do you use when it comes time to move? Let us know. We’ll be happy to share more of our ideas with you so we can all work together towards reducing waste and carbon emissions while also saving money.
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