When you consider everything that goes into a move - tons of cardboard boxes, plastic wrap and fuel used to transport your belongings - you realize that it's quite damaging to the environment. Even though there's a long list of things to remember when packing up your belongings and relocating, the environment should definitely be one of them. Follow this guide to keeping your move as green as possible, and do your part to help save the environment, one home at a time.
Use moving bins instead of boxes
While boxes are necessary for some items, plastic bins can be used and recycled an estimated 400 times before they become too worn out to handle transportation, according to the Allstate Blog. Some movers use these to pack and deliver your belongings. They typically have wheels on them, so struggling to lift heavy, awkward boxes could be a thing of the past. You'll have some time to unpack everything, and a couple weeks after moving, the company returns to collect them so you don't have to worry about what to do with them when you're done.
Ease up on bubble wrap
Bubble wrap and some other popular forms of padding are harmful to the environment. Use it only when absolutely necessary, and try opting for a green alternative that's made from biodegradable material. The ones that are environmentally friendly are colored green to help people differentiate between the two. Additionally, there's no reason why you can't just use bedding and other soft materials to cover your fragile items. After all, you need to pack them anyway, and you won't be as wasteful. This technique could also help you save some money, as you won't have to purchase the packing wrap that you'll likely immediately discard.
Purge as much as possible
Before moving, try to get rid of as many unnecessary items as you possibly can. A lighter load means you'll require a smaller truck or van and you'll waste less fuel to get to your destination. Now's the perfect time to go through your entire wardrobe and either trash, donate or keep clothes accordingly. Every little bit you remove helps lessen the load. It may be helpful to aim for even larger items, like old furniture that you plan to replace in the near future and big electronics that have become outdated and aren't as frequently used as they once were.
Use green products moving forward
You don't necessarily have to trash your perfectly good lotions and cleaners, but keep in mind that there are toxins that exist in certain products that could be harmful to both your body and the environment. Opt for more natural ones that don't pose as much of a threat. For instance, vinegar is a great natural cleaner that can be used on a variety of surfaces to kill bacteria and keep your family safe. Additionally, orange peels and coffee grinds placed strategically around your new home can help neutralize odors without the use of chemicals or other dangerous ingredients.
Maintain healthy environment habits
It's never too late to start making green choices. Use your move as a starting point for participating in environmentally healthy practices. Just a few small modifications to your routine can make a difference in the environment. Try replacing traditional light bulbs with those that are energy efficient, and start recycling if you haven't already. Your city or town typically supplies you with a recycle bin to take out with your weekly garbage pickup, and separating your trash quickly turns into a habit. Also, try paying your bills electronically to cut back on the unnecessary waste of paper. Many cable and electric companies allow the option of online bill payment that you can even set up to automatically deduct.