Moving often entails a lot of waste that many people might not even realize they are creating. But there is such a thing as an environmentally friendly move, and whether it be furniture storage, or packing supplies, there are many ways to ensure that your move is not an environmental disaster. Below are four tips to keep your move environmentally friendly in the 21st century.
As you get ready to move, and start planning everything out, you might realize that you have a lot more stuff in your current place than will, a) fit in the new place, or b) you actually want to take with you to the new place. Before you even start packing, start compiling a list of things that you want to donate. If you have old furniture that you aren’t sure you want to use in the new place, consider renting out a self storage unit and using it as temporary furniture storage before you make your decision.
Green Moving Boxes
Moving boxes require a lot of pulp and paper to make, as well as large energy and water outlays, making them not very environmentally friendly. Make sure you aren’t putting more stress on the environment than is absolutely necessary by doing a comprehensive inventory of everything you are going to be taking with you, so you only buy the exact number of boxes you need. You can also think about looking for second-hand boxes that are still in great shape (liquor and grocery stores are usually good places to look for these), or even rent plastic, reusable moving boxes.
Environmentally Friendly Packing Material
Instead of buying more plastic bubble wrap, or styrofoam packing peanuts, you can pack with a lot of things you probably already have lying around your house. If you know you are going to be moving, start saving egg cartons and use those, or use blankets, towels or newspaper. You could also invest in some recyclable packing paper.
Many moving companies now operate fleets that utilize trucks that run on cleaner fuel. Moving often means many trips back and forth, if you are doing it on your own, so hiring a bigger truck that runs on more efficient fuel is a great way to cut down on the carbon emissions of your move.
Many people don’t necessarily think of their move as something which has the potential to be environmentally friendly. Whether you are looking for furniture storage options beforehand, or are looking to minimize the amount of waste created, the above tips can help you move your home and your life in a way that minimizes the negative impact on the environment.