Green, Environmentally Friendly Moving Tips
The world is getting smaller and people are moving longer distances at an ever increasing rate. Thousands upon thousands of people are moving interstate every year, equating to huge amounts of carbon emissions and other waste through packing materials. Keeping the environment in mind when preparing for your next furniture removal can help to save you money, as well as reduce the toll on our atmosphere.
In this article we outline some environmentally friendly methods for reducing the carbon footprint of your local or interstate move while saving money at the same time!
Move less and save money as well as the environment:
Moving is the perfect time to get rid of all the stuff you don't want or need. The fewer items that you move the more money you'll save and the lower the impact of your move will be on the environment.
If you don't need, use, or want an item it doesn't make any sense to pay to have it moved. You don't really want it cluttering up your new home either do you?
Rather than moving it at a cost to yourself and the environment you could be turning those unwanted goods into cash!
Will your existing furniture and other items physically fit in your new home? Will it look good in its new surrounds? If the answer is 'no' then don't go to the expense of moving it.
Instead of costing you money to move, only to be discarded soon after, those unwanted items could be helping to cover the cost of your move!
Have you considered:
- Holding a garage sale in the lead up to your move to get some cash for your unwanted items?
- Selling the things you don't want to pay to move at on-line auctions like eBay?
- Donating anything you don't want to, or can't sell to charity?
By selling off or donating your unwanted furniture and other items you can be keeping the costs of your move down, stopping your furniture ending up as landfill and reducing carbon emissions - all while making a little extra money!
Environmentally friendly packing tips:
It's illegal for furniture removalists to transport most hazardous materials. You'll need to dispose of hazardous goods in a safe and appropriate manner. Don't just throw hazardous materials out with the regular rubbish - it can pose significant risks to other people and the environment. Instead, consult your local council about the appropriate waste disposal outlet in your area.
We've already talked about how many people are moving interstate around the country, but have you consider where all those packing boxes go after they've been used? While most end up as landfill, thankfully most storage facilities are sticking second hand furniture removal cartons. They're cheaper and are better for the environment. We don't recommend skimping on proper packing materials (to ensure your goods survive the rigors of transport), there's nothing wrong with using second hand furniture removal cartons. By using second hand cartons you'll be reducing landfill, saving trees and saving money.
With all the thousands of furniture removals happening across the country, where do all the moving boxes go? Many go into landfill. Moving boxes are expensive and it makes no sense that they don't get a second chance at life! Some boxes escape landfill and are offered second hand by storage facilities across the country. They're just as strong and cost a lot less than new. Save Australia's trees. Save thousands of boxes from going into landfill. Save yourself some cash. Consider using second hand moving boxes!
When your move is over avoid throwing away removal cartons that are in good condition - you can return used cartons to many storage facilities to give them another life. If some cartons aren't up to the task of another move recycle them instead of throwing them away in the regular rubbish.
We always recommend using proper furniture removal cartons wherever possible, but it's not necessary in many cases. Bags and suitcases are perfectly fine for clothes, linen and other haberdashery. If you're going to use (recycled) plastic bags we recommend 'double-bagging' so that they don't tear open in transit.
It's not a good idea to use newspaper directly to wrap most of your fragile items. It can leave dirty marks all over your goods that can be difficult to remove. We recommend using butchers paper to wrap the goods directly and use recycled newspaper for additional padding (that's where the majority of paper will be used anyway). Recycled newspaper is free and the trees will thank you. Like your boxes, make sure to recycle when you've finished with it.
Following these few simple steps when making your next move can help you save both money and the environment!