If you are thinking of moving house soon, you probably have a lot of things to do before the big moving day arrives. Planning ahead helps make the move that much easier. Something you should consider is how to make your house move more sustainable. Quite often, people try to make the move as efficient as possible and this can result in resources and energy being wasted. To help make your move more eco-friendly, here are some tips you can follow.
Empty the food cupboard
When you are moving house, you need to use up some of the food items in your cupboard or freezer beforehand to prevent food from going to waste. By doing this, it will stop you from throwing food out and it will help free up some space when moving things over to the new house. If you are unlikely to use these food items, consider giving them to local food shelters who can then give them to people in need.
Have a clear-out
Likewise, have a clear out of your closet, drawers, and cupboards. Put aside any clothes you no longer wear or want, as well as any toys, books, and DVDs. These can be given to family or friends, or your local charity. This can help the environment as it stops things from going to landfills, but it can also help reduce the size of the removal van you need. Some removal companies charge based on the size and weight of your belongings, so it will save you money and reduce the CO2 footprint.
Use reusable moving boxes
Boxes can be one of the most unsustainable things about moving as they create so much waste once you have moved in. Instead, opt for reusable moving boxes that you can easily rent. These are a great sustainable alternative, and most of these companies even offer drop-off and pick-up services.
Wrap items in biodegradable packaging
Find alternatives to wrap your belongings in. Things like bedding, towels, and clothing can help protect delicate items like artwork or furniture. You can also use old newspapers and magazines to help secure items. As an alternative to bubble wrap, you can get Greenwrap, which is biodegradable and recyclable and works in the same way.
Remember to recycle
Unfortunately, when moving there are inevitably going to some items that will need to be thrown out if you don’t want to take them to the new house with you. But it is important to be mindful of the amount of stuff you are throwing away. This is why it’s good to plan, as it gives you time to work out what needs to be recycled and allows you time to find where your nearest recycling center is. Put these items into piles to make it easier to work out what is going where.
Sustainable moving does require a lot of planning and patience, but if you start this way before your moving date, you will be able to make your house move eco-friendly.