5 Environmentally-Friendly Moving Tips

It’s become clear in recent decades that our society needs to become more environmentally conscious. As a result, people worldwide are actively looking for ways to be more Earth-friendly in their daily activities.

The moving process is no exception—there are many ways people can reduce their carbon footprints when relocating.

Follow these five environmentally-friendly moving tips.

1. Actively Declutter

When people think of decluttering, they think of creating large amounts of trash. However, one of the greenest things you can do is declutter your home. Think of it this way:

  • Gently used or good condition items can be donated, given away, or sold.
  • Certain items can be upcycled or recycled.
  • Fewer belongings to move results in using less packing materials.
  • Lighter loads mean using less fuel due to lighter weight and fewer trips.

Aside from these Earth-friendly benefits, you can also start fresh in your new home and envision a new space—think of how fun it’ll be!

2. Repurpose Cardboard Boxes

If you’re an online shopper like most people, start saving cardboard packaging once you know you’ll be making a move. These boxes make great moving containers, especially since you’ll have a variety of sizes. Even if you don’t do a lot of internet shopping, ask family and friends. Or stop by a local grocery, liquor, or store with standard deliveries. Chances are they’d love for you to take boxes off their hands. 

Then, when you complete your move, pass the gently used cartons to friends, family, or neighbors. Or find innovative ways to reuse them.

3. Reuse Containers

Cardboard boxes make great moving containers, but you can also use other types of packaging. Other suitable packing containers found in the household include suitcases, backpacks, duffel bags, reusable grocery bags, plastic bins, drawers, and laundry baskets, to name a few. This approach is environmentally friendly and a cost-saver because you’re paying to move these items anyway (or making fewer trips if making a DIY move).

4. Use Household Goods as Packing Materials

You must pack many of your possessions carefully, so they don’t break during transport.  Instead of buying a large supply of bubble wrap, use towels, blankets, kitchen dish towels, clothing, or any other household item that provides a sound protective barrier. Even mismatched socks make excellent packing materials for glasses or other fragile items. Aside from reducing the need for bubble wrap, you’re also lightening your load since you’re moving these items to your new home.

5. Pack the Kitchen Last

Plan to pack up your kitchen last. Packing items such as plates, utensils, glasses, and other tableware too early means you’ll probably end up using much more disposable kitchenware than you usually would. Save packing these and other highly-used items for last so you can continue to use them until you move. Additionally, try to eat down your pantry and freezer areas (the latter if you’re moving locally) to reduce takeout containers and avoid throwing out more food than you need. Again, less bulk to move as well.

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