Nobody likes moving. From going through and sorting your belongings to packing them up to choosing a removal company…it is stressful for even the most emotionally resilient among us.
In addition to forcing us to confront and sometimes even sort through our memories, moving is also terrible for the environment! All of those cardboard boxes! All of that newspaper, likely to never be used again and simply shoved into the recycle bin (if there is one in your new place)! All of that money spent on things you literally use once and then throw away.
There are, of course, a few things that you can do to make your move more “green.”
· You can wrap breakables in clothing and linens instead of paper.
· Have yard sales, donate and use Freecycle to get rid of items you don’t plan to take with you instead of simply chucking them into the trash bin.
· Use an eco-friendly removal company and plan out the “greenest” route to get from point A to point B.
· Mind your packing containers.
Packing containers are the bain of every mover’s existence. Tracking down boxes from the grocer or local shops (or giving up and just buying them) is nobody’s idea of a good time. Breaking them down and trying to find someone to take them after they are unpacked isn’t fun either. But what if you didn’t have to deal with boxes at all?
A lot of people are starting to use recyclable containers made out of plastic for their packing and shipping needs. The great thing about these containers is that they don’t break down and can just as easily be used for storing other things as you unpack. You can pile them in a basement or attic and not have to worry about mites eating through them and getting to your valuable stuff. You can sell the ones you don’t need for a little bit of extra money. There are even companies who will facilitate the sale of those containers if you don’t want to do it yourself.
More importantly, as you can see in this infographic, using recyclable containers is great for the environment. Look: