Ways to Have a More Eco-Friendly Move

Moving involves using fuel and packing materials, but if you’re looking for a more environmentally-friendly move, you can reduce your carbon footprint in many ways. The following are Earth-friendly strategies to minimize waste and conserve energy.

1. Use Sustainable Packaging Material Where Possible

Bubble wrap and tape are usually a few of the first things that come to mind when people think about packing for a residential move. While you want to take care in carefully wrapping fragile and one-of-a-kind items, using plastics isn’t the most eco-friendly approach. Instead of using bubble wrap, use soft fabrics to wrap breakable items.

  • Bath and hand towels
  • Dish towels
  • Pillowcases
  • Blankets
  • Clothing

Alternatively, you can ask your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues if they have any bubble wrap stashed in their homes. While it’s still using non-biodegradable materials, it’s at least being recycled and not purchased new. Still no luck? Try a bubble wrap alternative, such as Greenwrap, which is compostable, recyclable, and biodegradable.

2. Use Reusable Moving Boxes

Boxes are an integral part of moving. The downside is they tend to create lots of waste. So instead of buying new boxes, you substitute items in your home that are moving with you.

  • Plastic bins
  • Suitcases
  • Laundry baskets
  • Duffel bags
  • Backpacks
  • Tote bags

Another option to help boost your green initiatives is to rent reusable moving boxes from a rental company. Many will drop off at your chosen time and pick up the boxes when you’re done.

3. Wait Until Last to Pack the Kitchen

Instead of packing up the kitchen first, leave dishes, cookware, utensils, and glasses until last. Put your initial focus on the bedrooms, living room, closets, and other spaces. Plan to pack your everyday kitchen wares and pantry a day or two before you go.

You can be greener by utilizing your kitchen to eat the items you have in your pantry and refrigerator before you go, buying less takeout, and creating less waste to throw out. You also avoid using paper plates and plastic utensils. Alternatively, in the weeks leading up to moving day, cook and bake your food and stash it in the freezer for quick meals or snacks if you want to get the kitchen out of the way sooner than later.

4. Schedule Fewer Trips

DIY moving usually entails numerous trips, using gas and wear and tear on personal vehicles. Instead of taking this route, save your time and energy by hiring a professional mover. Your movers will finish the job with a van or truck within one trip. The fewer trips you can make for your move, the more eco-friendlier you’ll be.

5. Downsize Your Household

Plan in the months and weeks leading up to your move to donate, recycle or sell any items you don’t want to take. Transporting these items doesn’t make sense since it means more packing materials and fuel. Avoid throwing things out that are in useable condition and instead donate them.

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