Tips To Make Your House Move More Eco-Friendly
31st Jan, 2020
With so much emphasis being placed on living more sustainably these days, it is only right that when we are moving house we should try to reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible. We should consider how to minimise transport emissions, the waste associated with packing materials and junk that ends up in landfill when we declutter before a big move.
Whether you are moving directly from your old home to your new house, or packing items for longer-term storage in a self-storage facility, you can easily make some smart decisions that will help you lessen your impact on the environment.
Choose Greener Removal Companies
If you are using a professional removals company then check out their eco-credentials. Do they, for example, use appropriately sized vans so that journeys, fuel and emissions are minimised? Do they have any electric vehicles? And what about planning routes that are fuel-efficient – thinking about all these points can make a difference to the carbon footprint of your move.
Of course, moving house is a stressful time and there are plenty of other issues to worry about but simply checking removal companies’ eco-credentials when you are getting quotes for your move could make all the difference at a time when we all need to protect our planet.
Choose Eco-Friendly Packaging
We all know that recycling and reusing materials make a good deal of sense, not just for our planet, but in an economic sense too. When products such as tins, glass, cardboard and plastics get to the end of their lifecycle, if we throw them away they will end up in a landfill. Maintaining the landfill sites around our towns and cities comes at a huge cost, both in terms of pollution and CO2 emissions, as well as the financial cost of hiring all the labour and machinery required to deal with our rubbish.
By using recycled materials, or reusing materials for packing when you move house, these costs and environmental impacts can be significantly reduced, and best of all it can also mean you save money on the cost of new boxes and packing materials.
Pack in a More Eco-Friendly Way
Here are some simple ways to help you reduce your impact on the environment whilst still protecting your belongings during the move or when in storage:
- Pack Smaller – Getting more items into each box will mean you end up needing less space so need a smaller van. This will reduce emissions and save you money. Whether you are putting your belongings into a self-storage container or onto a moving van, fewer boxes require less space.
- Collect Reusable Material – Most people get a fair warning that they will be moving house or need to put some items into storage, so once you know the move is on the cards, start stockpiling things you will find useful for packing. Things like padded envelopes or bubble wrap that arrive in deliveries; even old newspaper can be highly useful when the time comes to pack.
- Protect Closer – Instead of putting breakables into big boxes and surrounding them with balls of newspaper (or even worse, with polystyrene packing chips), consider padding the items with your own soft possessions such as cushions, towels and bed linen. Research has shown that items which are tightly packed with padding stand a much better chance of surviving a drop than those which are loosely packed in larger boxes.
Donate Don’t Dump
Moving home is the perfect time for a major clear-out and with less stuff to transport, you’ll need a smaller removal van that will produce fewer emissions, and less packaging producing less waste. But when you are decluttering prior to a house move think carefully about every item you no longer want or need.
Almost everything we own and consider junk could be useful to someone else. Even items that are broken or beyond repair can be useful for spare parts, for hobbyists and even for training apprentices at college. And items in good condition can be donated to charity shops or, even better, to local good causes like homeless shelters.
There you have it – it’s not so difficult to have a more eco-friendly house move, and you could even save some money in the process.