Although the US population represents 4% of the world’s total, we generate 12% of all its waste.
Considering the toll that waste takes on our environment, minimizing it in any way is imperative. One way you can do that is by practicing green moving.
Moving is a process that generates a lot of waste in packing materials, boxes, fuel consumption, and more. But there are ways to reduce your ecological impact.
Keep reading for tips on how to stay green while moving from one home to another.
1. You Don’t Have to Take Everything
Although you’re sure to be busy before a move, it’s a good idea to go through your things before you begin packing. Not only will that help clear clutter, but you’re also not left with the decision of what to do with all the things you don’t want while in the middle of moving.
With time to decide, you can make responsible, green decisions about what to do with those items. Whatever you do, don’t throw them out, which only creates more waste.
Instead, consider having a garage sale. You can then recycle, donate, or gift the items left over.
2. Look for Second-Hand Moving Supplies
Don’t go out right away and buy cardboard boxes. You can ask family or friends whether they have any extra boxes lying around. Your local corner or grocery store might also have some boxes on hand that you can arrange to pick up. Or, better yet, check with your mover for gently used boxes. Many moving companies will offer these boxes at a reasonable rate.
When you’re done with the boxes, don’t throw them out. If you don’t know someone who may need them, post them online to Facebook and other marketplaces. Again, check with your moving company to see if they have a program to buy or take back boxes.
3. Green Moving Supplies
Beyond cardboard boxes, avoid using plastic, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts. Many of these single-use products, made of plastics and Styrofoam, are not environmentally friendly from production to landfill. Instead, use dishcloths, blankets, and other soft materials to pack your fragile items. Moving blankets and pads are an excellent resource for protecting your things.
You might even opt to limit your cardboard box use. In which case, try reusable storage bins and boxes. You also have convenient space in suitcases, drawers, gym bags, and eco-friendly, reusable grocery bags.
4. Minimize Trips
Driving your car produces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. These compounds are tough on the environment, which means that driving your car to and from your old and new home is not conducive to green moving.
Try to minimize the number of trips it takes you to move. The best way to do that is to hire a moving company. Their trucks can handle a lot more than your car, and they make many other aspects of moving smoother.
Movers in CT That Care About the Environment
Moving can be a wasteful process if it’s not done correctly. With a little planning, thought, and green moving tips, you can reduce your impact on your environment.
But you can’t practice green moving without a mover that reflects those values. Contact us to find out how we’re committed to environmental and social responsibility at every level of your move.