There is usually a huge impact on your ecological footprint with every household move you make – all that tape, boxes and packing paper that go into moving consume a lot of natural resources when manufactured. Ultimately they end up in the trash. A little planning and preparation is enough to make your household moves green with zero waste. Moreover, if done right, it can give you the satisfaction of having done little harm to your environment! You can save a lot of money in the bargain.
Use earth-friendly packing material
Packing materials can have a huge impact on the environment. Here are some solutions that can help you make a green move, as far as the packing materials are concerned.
- Reusable containers: borrow plastic containers from your family and friends. Also, you can purchase plastic containers that can be stored and stacked easily: they're always handy when the moving-bug begins to bite. This is a good solution for you if you are a frequent mover; it will not only save trees, but also your time and money.
- Recyclable materials: one of the best ways to save money and your harmful impact on earth is to accumulate used boxes from wine and liquor stores, grocery stores, and other retailers. Most wine/liquor boxes have cell packs installed which help packing bottles, glasses, and other fragile items really easy and simple. Moreover, most of these containers are reinforced to endure heavier loads.
- Online sources: the internet can be a great source for used packing materials. There are several networking sites to shop for used boxes. In case you don’t find a listing for your area, post a request and someone will get back to you with an offer.
Buy carbon offsets
In case you’re hiring a moving company, figure out if the rental or moving company is carbon-neutral. A lot of rental agencies and movers do not offer such services. Irrespective of whether the provider is green or not, you can help in lowering the impact of the move, especially the gas emissions, as much as possible, by buying carbon offsets.
Donate and sell your stuff
Before throwing an unwanted item into the trash, you can think about donating the stuff to a local charity or a neighbor who may find it valuable. Make sure what you're donating is actually useful. Most non-profit societies and thrift stores cannot use ripped clothing or worn-out items which no one really wants.
Recycle your unwanted electronics
You may no longer need your microwave, but do not just throw it in the trash. Learn about ways to recycle electronics. Search for an authorized e-waste recycler to make sure your old microwaves, computers, and other items are recycled under strict environmental laws.
If you're planning on moving and want to make your move green, the best course of action is to do the best you can. Not everyone has the resources to make a carbon-neutral move. However, an awareness of the impact is a good starting point in contributing towards a better planet.