Moving house is an exciting time – you can look forward to decorating your new dream home and getting involved with a vibrant new community. However, between the packing, storing, and transporting, relocating to a new property uses a lot of valuable energy and creates a lot of harmful emissions. To help minimise your environmental impact, here is an eco-friendly guide to moving house.
Declutter your home
Having less stuff to start with is an easy way to make your move more eco-friendly. During a move, you will probably realise that you have far more stuff stored in your home than you thought. To save transporting unused or unwanted items, make an inventory of everything and donate anything you don’t want to a local charity shop. You could also sell any unused items online or at a local car boot sale. Re-selling your old items helps the environment because it cuts down the amount of waste that will end up in landfills and as a result, reduces the number of new items bought. Remember that most removal companies charge based on weight, so by reducing the amount of stuff you should also save you money during the move.
Hire a removal company
It may be tempting to try and save money by moving items to your new property using your own car, but this will significantly increase the transport emissions associated with moving. This will also make the moving process far more lengthy and unorganised. Help make your move stress-free and eco-friendly by hiring a professional removal company. These companies own large vans, which can usually move all of your belongings in just one or two trips. This reduces the amount of harmful emissions being released into the environment during your move. Many removal companies also use low-emission EEV Standard (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles) vans to further reduce the environmental impact.
Use eco-friendly packaging
It is inevitable that you will require some form of packaging to protect your items during a move. However, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives to conventional wrapping. Before you buy any packaging, try to use the resources already available to you. You can easily use newspaper, dish clothes, clothing or towels, to protect your items. If certain fragile items require bubble wrap, then be sure to purchase eco-friendly bubble wrap that is made from biodegradable materials. Click here for a great selection of eco-friendly packaging.
Recycle everything you can
Any broken or damaged items that you cannot resell or donate should be recycled and disposed of responsibly. Make sure you research the recycling services in your local area. If you are getting rid of white goods like freezers or large electronics like TVs, then your local council may do a household recycling collection for free. Make sure you plan ahead and organise your recycling well in advance.
Any house move will generate some waste and carbon emissions. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to minimise your environmental impact. Follow this guide to make your house move more eco-friendly.