You obviously have a lot on your mind when organizing a house move – from thinking about what to pack first to wondering where you will find a reputable mover. Alongside those concerns, you should also be thinking about how you will make your relocation eco-friendly as well.
Going green when you are moving houses is a good thing. You should feel good that you’re making an effort to reduce your environmental footprint throughout the move and beyond.
Check out these five green moving tips:
1. Hire an Eco-Friendly Mover
Hiring a mover that cares about the environment is smart. Not all do, but many prioritize environmentally-friendly practices. To ensure your upcoming move is more sustainable, look for a professional mover who is committed to green moving practices.
Ask each mover you’re considering about what measures they are taking to minimize their impact on the environment, says The Moving Blog. They may provide you with any or all of the following answers:
- We use biodiesel in our moving trucks.
- We invest in fuel-efficient, modern moving vehicles that emit less harmful gases.
- We use eco-friendly packing materials as part of our packing services, such as recycled cardboard boxes and biodegradable bubble wrap.
- We consolidate shipments when possible so we make fewer trips.
- We offer to buy back any packing materials you may not have used.
2. Gift, Donate, or Sell Unwanted Stuff
Your first priority should be to declutter your home and only take the things that you truly intend to use later. Don’t just throw everything away and contribute to the landfills. Re-purpose, sell, gift, or donate things that still have use to others. When you can’t do that, recycle your items in an environmentally-friendly manner.
3. Dispose of Hazardous Goods the Right Way
Never improperly discard substances and materials that are harmful to the environment. Keep in mind that many movers won’t take any hazardous items, so you’ll have to dispose of these dangerous goods in an eco-friendly way.
Materials that are bad for the environment include flammable, explosive or corrosive items, such as acids, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, motor and engine oil, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, weed killers, paint thinners, etc. Follow disposal instructions on hazardous items in your town.
4. Pack Your Things in Green Materials
What you pack your stuff in matters. Rather than buy all new containers and boxes, look around and get inventive as to what you can use instead. This will save you money and the impact on the environment.
- Use recycled plastic bins that you can use over and over.
- Use second-hand cardboard containers.
- Eco-friendly bubble wrap made from recycled polyethylene; this is 100% recyclable and reusable.
- Eco-friendly packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable, made from vegetable oil and corn starch.
- Use packing containers and padding materials already in your home, which will lower your packing expenses because you won’t need to buy them new.
- Use containers you already have in your home, such as baskets, buckets, trash bins, suitcases, trash bags, vacuum seal bags, plastic bags, etc.
- Use alternative wrapping and padding materials such as towels, blankets, bed sheets, and socks.
- Use newspapers as space fillers inside cardboard boxes.
5. Stay Green After the Move
You’ve done all you can to prove that you care about the environment. Not only have you hired a green moving company, you’ve kept unwanted items out of the landfills, disposed of dangerous materials the right way, and only used eco-friendly packing supplies. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
But minimizing your ecological impact shouldn’t have to stop after you move. You can continue to be an ecologically-conscious person by:
- Keeping the sturdiest cardboard boxes for your next move
- Using plastic bins as storage containers
- Give away usable packing materials
- Recycle any packing supplies that cannot be re-used for a house move
- Clean your new home with eco-friendly cleaning supplies. You can mix white vinegar and water to clean your hardwood floors and bathroom tiles, for instance. Or, use baking soda to get rid of dirt around the kitchen sink.
- Install LED light fixtures to conserve energy
- Unplug electrical appliances when not in use
Hopefully, organizing an eco-friendly move is only the beginning and you will continue to lead a greener, more sustainable lifestyle in your destination city.
Contact Best Fit Movers
If you are ready to tackle your San Diego move, enlist our help with a green relocation here at Best Fit Movers. Contact us at 858-429-0097.