Those who love and care for nature always find a way to incorporate environmental-friendly measures into everything they do. Even when you’re done searching for your new home and planning your move, there are options available to make a good part of the process environmentally friendly. Below are some of those options which help you keep a relatively low environmental footprint:
1. Find a moving company committed to environment protection as you.
Green moving is a trend that’s gaining in popularity, and responsible moving companies too are pitching in with their own innovations to make the move as environmental-friendly as possible. Bio-diesel trucks, moving pads composed of 100 percent recycled cotton, and rentable crates for packing your belongings are features that some moving companies offer to customers. Your first step towards making a green move is to find a moving service that shares your sentiments about nature. A bit of research will help you locate the best one.
2. Cut down on use of cardboard boxes.
The average move uses 60 cardboard boxes, that’s the equivalent of a half-ton tree. Studies reveal that 50 percent of cardboard ends up in landfill. If it is recycled, the process is energy and water intensive, and it produces toxic by-products. Reusing a friend’s cardboard boxes is a good first step. A good quality cardboard box can withstand three to 10 uses. However, there are some more eco-friendly alternatives to cardboard boxes, as well as other traditional packing materials.
3. Use eco-friendly packaging materials.
Ask your mover if they offer reusable bins made out of recycled plastic. Plastic bins can be used up to 400 times. Moreover, the moving company will provide you the bins well in advance on request and take them away after you have unpacked. If they don’t have plastic bins, you can consider alternatives to plastic bubble wrap, packaging peanuts, and foam wrap. Green packing peanuts are made from bio-plastics, a form of plastic derived from renewable sources like vegetable oils or corn starch. Geami wrap, a die-cut recycled paper split by a machine to form protective packaging, is another great alternative to bubble wrap.
4. Use what you have innovatively to pack things.
The most ingenious way to securely pack your fragile belongings is to wrap them with towels, bedding, and clothing you already have lying around the house. It’s definitely a win-win move because you need to pack these items anyway.
5. Consider these green moves seriously
The condition of the moving truck will greatly affect the amount of gas it uses and the carbon dioxide it emits. The load, the size of truck, and the way you drive will also make a difference. Greener moving options are being offered by many moving companies now. Their trucks run on biodiesel fuel. Use services that have made the upgrade. You, too, can contribute to the environment by discarding unwanted items and lightening the truck load. If you have to transport your car, transport it by rail instead of having it shipped by truck. Trains are four times more fuel-efficient than trucks.
6. Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies
You must leave the old home clean and tidy, and if your new place has been vacant for a while, you will want to clean it as well. Create a small cleaning kit that you can carry easily. If you plan ahead, you can ensure that the cleaners you use are biodegradable and non-toxic instead of shopping at the last minute for cleaning chemicals and harsh detergents.
7. De-clutter by holding regular garage sales
Instead of throwing out items that you no longer need or use, you can make garage sales a consistent event by holding them once every six months or maybe a year. This will help in reducing a good deal of unnecessary clutter in your home while allowing people to re-use the items instead of simply throwing them out.
8. Going green in your new home
The energy-saving habit must go on once you are in your new home by creating less waste and recycling. Replace incandescent light bulbs around the house with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), or, better yet, light-emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs require less energy than incandescent lights, but LEDs score higher in terms of efficiency. Moreover, unlike CFLs, they don’t contain mercury. Unplug appliances, electronics, and phone chargers when not in use. Buy power strips to make unplugging of a number of electronics at once, a one-switch process. Look for compost opportunities in your new home’s backyard.
Getting organized right from the start makes it easier for you to do things in an environment-friendly way in almost every area of your life.
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