For the environmentally-minded renter or homeowner, moving households presents a tough challenge. The fuel used for transportation, the boxes and packing materials that you'll need to get rid of after the move, and the amount of things you'll find while packing up your home that you just don't need anymore – all of those can add up to a lot of waste and pollution. Luckily, there are things you can do to make your move more eco-friendly. Check out some of the tips that you can use to reduce your household's waste while moving.
Be Choosy About Your Moving Truck
Fuel conservation is an important consideration for an environmentally friendly move, especially if it's not a local move. Large, heavy moving trucks use a lot of fuel and can create a lot of pollution. If you're planning on using a moving company to do the driving, look for one that uses trucks that take biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel fuel is a clean burning and renewable diesel alternative that's made from cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats. It's growing increasingly popular for many companies that use frequently use big trucks, like household moving companies.
If you're going to be renting a truck and driving it yourself, diesel fuel probably won't be an option – most self-service trucks take regular unleaded. However, you can still save fuel. The trick is to choose your truck size very carefully. A truck that's too small will necessitate multiple trips – not practical for a long distance move and wasteful for a local move. However, you don't want to overshoot and rent a truck that's too big, either – that will also use more fuel than necessary. You need to think like Goldilocks and choose the one that's not too big and not too small, but just right. That means you'll need a firm idea of how much room you'll need before you rent your truck.
Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle Your Belongings
Before you can decide how much room you'll need in your truck, you need to know what you're bringing with you. Moving time is the time that most families end up getting rid of unwanted or outdated items they've accumulated over the years. And while downsizing during a move is a smart idea, you still want to avoid the possibility of those unwanted items sitting in a landfill.
The answer is simple, of course – sell or give away anything that you can, and recycle the rest. If you're using a moving company, ask them if they have an alliance with any local charities, food banks, or recycling centers. In some cases, your moving company may make it easier for you to reuse and recycle your items by arranging for them to be picked up for you.
If you're moving without the help of a moving company, check out local homeless shelters or nursing homes to see if they can use donated clothes. Thrift stores and consignment shops can often resell donated housewares and furniture. If you're going to be getting rid of any electronics, make sure that they go to an e-recycling center, as they need to be kept separated from other trash and recyclable materials.
Cut Down On Cardboard
You can cut down on your cardboard consumption by using recyclable hard plastic containers instead. Many moving and shipping companies will rent out these boxes, so you can rent what you need, use them, and return them for someone else to use for a much lower impact on the earth. If you do decide to use cardboard for some or all of your packing, however, make sure to recycle the boxes as you unpack them.
While you're at it, look for green packing materials to use inside the cardboard boxes as well. Choose foam wrap and packing peanuts made from bioplastics instead of polystyrene foam and peanuts. You can also buy a bubble wrap alternative made from recycled paper instead of plastic.
Moving doesn't have to take a heavy toll on the environment. With proper planning, you can save resources and eliminate unnecessary waste while making an efficient move.
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