There are thousands of residential moves made every year and this has its merits and demerits. Unfortunately, when most of us think of moving, we only focus on the task ahead and forget to consider what the whole process does to the environment. Ever thought that moving can actually add to your carbon footprint? Moving requires packing materials and boxes. A move will use an average of 60 boxes which is equivalent to a pine tree weighing half a ton.
Let us also not forget that fuel is used to transport your property which means more carbon emission. The good news is that there are ways you can keep your move green. Start by discussing with your moving company on ways to keep the move green. We have highlighted a few tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint while moving.
When packing for a move, it is recommended that you sort through your stored items and only pack what you really need to avoid packing unnecessary items which only add to your moving costs. Once you have everything you need to bring along with you, you need to donate the rest of the items instead of throwing them away. You can donate to charity or even friends you know who may need some of the things you have to give away.
Once you are done with the moving process, you need to recycle the packing materials and the boxes. You can find a recycle center near you and drop these items. Better yet, you can give them to someone else who may be planning to move soon and they can use the same materials. This is good for the environment since it means less pine trees will be felled.
Less is More
When you live in a big house, there is always the need to buy more stuff just to fill in the spaces available. The truth is that we don’t really need these items but we still buy them anyway. Before moving, you can make a decision that you will let go of some of the items you don’t really use especially those you haven’t used for the past year. You may be surprised by the number of items you don’t really need. With the remaining things, you can take a smaller house which means cutting on costs. This way you curb wasteful consumerism.
If you plan to move, it advisable to start packing weeks or even months before the moving day. This way you have ample time to pack your items in a categorical manner which will save you a lot time when unpacking. Use this time to ask the moving company questions pertaining your moving and what you need. When it comes to packing, use biodegradable packing materials such as packing peanuts and paper instead of plastic and Styrofoam. Instead of buying boxes, you can rent plastic crates which are the most eco-friendly option for packing. If you need to use boxes then start saving delivery boxes early enough and re-use them for packing.