Moving is no easy task, and it seems like it takes a ton of trips to the store, tons of materials, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get the job done. Okay, hopefully not blood, but you get the idea.
Amidst all of the chaos of moving, you can still keep an eye on your environmental impact and your carbon footprint. Here are some suggestions to make your move as eco-friendly as possible:
Good planning will help you minimize how many trips you have to make, whether it is trips to the store to get materials, to drop off donations, or as you transport your items to your new home. Set out to accomplish more than one errand at a time, and you can reduce your carbon footprint. If you use a moving truck, you will be able to make even less trips, putting less toxins into the air.
Get Rid of Stuff
Nothing saves on materials more than you downsizing prior to your move. Have a yard sale, donate items, and give things away to family and friends. Whatever you have to do to make sure you are moving less stuff will help reduce the amount of materials you use and the trips you have to make. Downsizing helps you all around.
One of the biggest questions we get by environmentally friendly customers is, “what do you do with your packing materials?” The answer is simple. We recycle everything we can. We use biodegradable materials and recyclable cardboard so it’s easy to recycle. We can even take away your packing materials once you are done with them and get them recycled for you.
A lot of people ask us if they should reuse boxes. If you do a pack and move, new boxes are used, but if you are moving yourself, reusing boxes can be an economical and environmentally conscious way to help out. Just make sure that the boxes you use are not getting so old that they are flimsy or unreliable, or that they do not have food or other old unsanitary things in them. If your boxes are in too bad of shape, it’s best to recycle because you do not want to compromise your items.
There are a lot of ways that you can help the environment while you move. It does not have to be a wasteful process. Just follow our tips and you are golden!