Did you know that you could impact how green our environment could be by making slight modifications to your moving process? The process of moving, itself, is far from being eco-friendly, from the packing of waste to the environmental pollution from the long journeys.
However, all that could change with a few alterations to your moving process. With the services of Man and Van London, you could reduce your carbon footprint and help our environment become greener. In this article, we will be exploring a few tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint during your next move and make your move as green as possible.
- Sort things before you moveOf course, while moving, there will be quite a number of items that you will find less useful. You can only identify as many of these items as possible by taking a little time to sort the items before packing. Reducing the number of items you’re moving is your first step to achieving a green move because this reduces the number of boxes you will require for the move and possibly you may end up needing a smaller can to move the items, reducing the air pollution associated with the transportation.
However, reducing the items you are moving by disposing less useful items into the garbage is a step in the wrong direction for an eco-friendly move. Rather than disposing of the items this way, you could consider recycling them or giving them out to people that may find it of use to them.
- Borrow or rent moving boxesThere is no doubt that moving is better organised and coordinated with the aid of moving boxes. However, considering that these boxes are not exactly helpful to the environment, you may want to avoid buying new ones to wash your hands off any involvement in activities that harm the environment.
Still, you’ll need the moving boxes to help you organise and plan your move. How then do you get the boxes? The first thing you should consider is finding someone around that has any. Most people have no use for a moving box after a move so you could be doing them a favour by making use of their boxes. In the absence of anyone willing to freely give away their boxes, a good alternative would be to rent boxes. This way, you will have no cause to pollute the environment by disposing of any moving box since you’ll simply return the boxes after use.
- Replace moving boxes with other appropriate itemsInstead of using moving boxes, the following items can serve as appropriate replacements:
- Suitcases and briefcases
- Backpacks and holdalls
- Bin liners
- Tote bags and large grocery bags
- Vacuum bags
- Baskets and hampers
Save yourself the stress of scouting for eco-friendly moving boxes and improvise with items you can easily find around your home while moving.
- Make use of creative packaging
With proper improvisation, all you need to package your items while moving are within the items you’re moving; you will just need to get a little bit more creative about the process. Here are some creative packaging tips you could consider for your next move:
- Make your blanket or duvet useful for your moving process. They can serve as protection to your TV when wrapped around it. Blankets should be available with your mover. It’s advisable to confirm this when you book your London mover.
- Convert your massive collection of bags to serve as protection for your glasses, mugs and vases.
- Paper plates can find extra use. Improvise them to function as protection between your plates and dishes while in transit.
- Use towels as pads for boxes so that the boxes stay protected and safe while in transit
- Ensure the safety of your picture frames by inserting them in pillow boxes.
- Maximise the packing spaceWhile moving, space is a valuable asset. The more space you can fill up with items, the more items you can move at once. The more items you can move at once, the greener your moving process becomes. To achieve this goal of a green move, every bit of space should be filled with items. Empty spaces should not exist. You could try fitting smaller items into jugs and large pots. Spices could be kept in your crockpot. As much as possible, all smaller objects should be fit into larger spaces of other items to maximise the use of space.
- Make as few trips as possibleHaving all your moving completed in one trip saves you a lot of time and the stress associated with back-and-forth journeys. Additionally, a moving van in London requires fuel to move. Since fuel is not eco-friendly, minimising the number of trips to the lowest possible amount of trips helps you create a greener impact on the environment. Unless essential, multiple trips between your new home and old home should be avoided
- Recycle or reuse moving boxesAfter moving into your new home, what happens to the moving boxes? Instead of immediately recycling the moving boxes, you should consider putting the boxes to use for other tasks in your new home like a container for some items or any other task you find them useful for. If you still can’t find any good use for the boxes, you could consider giving them out to another person in need of them.
We hope our tips have exposed you to better ways to make your next moving process eco-friendly. To get the eco-friendly services you desire for your next move, contact Man and A Van London.