How to pack your home the environmentally-friendly way
Moving house is a process that creates a lot of mess – both at your new property and for the environment! With all the packing materials, rubbish and even the effects of driving from one property to the other, a house move can be potentially very harmful for the environment. Luckily, if you’re conscious about your carbon footprint, then there are many things you can do to keep your move as eco-friendly as possible. Have a look at this list of hints and tips to pack your home as eco-friendly as possible.
When it comes to moving house it goes without saying that you’re going to be using a lot of boxes. You can save money and the environment by choosing to source your own second-hand boxes. Have a look around your local shops and supermarkets and ask when their delivery days are. You’ll be able to pick up as many boxes as you need on these days, so it’s worth the time and effort.
As with second-hand boxes, you should be able to source environmentally-friendly packing materials. It’s always recommended that you use bubble wrap and packing peanuts to protect your possessions during a move, but these plastic-based products can be harmful to create and problematic to recycle. If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option then try using old bedding, sheets and towels to pack your breakables. Alternatively you can start saving your newspapers and magazine so you can pad out your boxes with these. Ask family and friends to save theirs as well so you know you’re not going to run short! Be aware that the print of newspapers can tarnish or damage some items, so be careful what you’re packing with newspaper.
Your boxes and packing materials should all be made of recyclable products. Carefully separate your recyclable rubbish as you’re packing and unpacking your home. If you’re struggling to find the space then take it all to your local recycling point. This will cut-down on all the rubbish that moving house accumulates, and is definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to your carbon footprint.
Before you begin the moving process you should de-clutter your home. Anything that you no longer use, want or can’t find the space for should be sold, recycled or donated to charity. Donating unwanted items is a great way to help your local charities, especially if you’re donating items of worth or something that you know is in high demand.
Hiring a van
Hiring a van might not seem like a sensible idea when it comes to an eco-friendly move but you could be surprised. Although a van is likely to use more petrol and create more carbon emissions than your car, you’re going to need to make significantly less trips in a big van. This could end up saving you on petrol costs, as well as cutting down on your emissions. Try to calculate how many trips you’d have to take in a van versus your own car. Although a van might be easier, it might not always be more eco-friendly, so consider this carefully before making a decision.