Many people want to do their part to protect the environment in their everyday lives, moving day included. The green movement has been adopted by many industries, including the moving industry. ‘Green moving’ is simply residential moving with a conscious effort to make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to packing materials, recycling your belongings, transportation and more.
If the thought of all those cardboard boxes and styrofoam packing peanuts makes you cringe, then use the steps below to reduce your impact on the environment during your next residential move.
Purge and donate your unwanted belongings
Moving is the perfect time to go through your things and get rid of the items you no longer use or need. Be honest with yourself, if you haven’t worn that pair of acid washed jeans since the ’80s, it’s time to part with them. Reducing the number of items you pack, means fewer packing boxes and a lighter load on the truck, decreasing fuel consumption. Donate, hold a garage sale, or sell items online. You may not use the lava lamp from your college dorm room anymore but someone else might think it’s still groovy.
Be creative with packing – use boxes as a last resort
Begin by packing your belongings in containers you already have. Pack suitcases and fill up plastic totes, as this will help to cut down on the number of boxes you’ll use.
It’s unlikely you can fit your entire house in a few suitcases and will require boxes. Your moving company will be able to tell you how many boxes you’ll require based on the amount and size of the items you are moving. This way you will not be wasting.
Use Eco-friendly Packing Materials
Use green alternatives to styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap. An excellent alternative to styrofoam peanuts are biodegradable peanuts, the peanuts dissolve in water and won’t pollute ground water. Compostable packaging peanuts safely dissolve in the landfill.
Another great option is to use items you already have at home to protect fragile belongings. Use old newspaper or even sheets and towels as packing materials. You have to pack your sheets and towels regardless, might as well put them to good use. Use blankets to protect larger items and furniture.
Choose the most efficient form of transportation
A quality moving company is able to assess the number of items going into the moving truck and will bring the right sized truck on moving day. Professional movers also have the skills to expertly pack the truck, maximizing space and reducing the number of trips. Keep in mind, a quality professional moving company employs strict driving standards, which reduces the amount of gas and carbon dioxide emitted.
Consider green cleaning products
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products when moving out and once you’ve moved into your new home. There are many products available in retail stores or, even better, use the natural cleaning power of vinegar and water.
Find an Eco-Friendly Residential Moving Company
For more eco-friendly moving tips contact Matco Moving Solutions. Our team of moving consultants are experts when it comes to residential moves in Calgary, Edmonton, and throughout Canada.