Written by: Guest | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
2019 is almost over, and one of most discussed global issues this year was the growing environmental crisis and how to reduce the imprint people leave on the planet. Although it is true, pollution is caused mostly by big corporations and industries, there is a lot we can do in our everyday life to take better care of our planet. For example, a simple house relocation can be the perfect opportunity to put a green mindset to good work. Usually, during home moves, people generate a lot of waste, while spending tons of money. However, things can be different if you follow some simple but effective professional tips.
Tried and true methods
Let’s start with the most well-known techniques for eco-friendly house relocations. You can see these practices in almost all moving blogs and for a good reason — they work.
Use old cardboard boxes
The classic rule “Use whatever you have laying around” applies with full force when it comes to packing materials. We all have old boxes in the attic or basement that can be used to carry out our stuff during the home move. However, remember that these second-hand crates are not as strong as you may need them to be. Use tape to secure the edges and protect your items from damage.
Try the Russian nesting doll method
Another popular technique is to use regular items as carrier containers. For example, you can put your cutlery inside your pots and transport them this way — similar to the Matryoshka doll, you just place one thing inside of another. Although effective, this method has its drawbacks. You need to take extra care in securing the insides of each layer and avoid chipping or scratching the smaller items. Biodegradable packing peanuts should do the job perfectly.
Check your local stores for free supplies
This is the cheapest way of getting moving boxes and supplies. Just go around your neighbourhood and ask at your local stores for unwanted containers and packing paper. You will be surprised how much free stuff you can receive. On top of that, you are reducing the amount of paper and cardboard used during your house relocation in half. However, be careful to avoid boxes and materials that were previously used in the transportation or storage of food. They may have water damage or be infested with mold and mildew.
You may have heard that all you need to pack a house is already located inside that house. And this is true. At the end of the day, you don’t need to purchase expensive plastic or paper materials. You can use your old bedsheets, towels, even clothes to wrap and secure your items. Why waste a roll of bubble wrap when you can put your socks or t-shirts as padding in the boxes? While this method admittedly carries a higher chance of damage to very delicate items, it is way more budget and eco-friendly than the alternatives.
In the past years, a lot has changed in the house moving industry especially when it comes to packing materials. According to one of the best London removals companies, now it's easier than ever to organise an environmentally friendly relocation.
Use biodegradable materials
Everything from tape to bubble wrap can be made from a biodegradable material. This means that eventually, it will dissolve into the soil without emitting dangerous or poisonous chemicals. Most moving companies in the big cities can offer you such products.
Do you want to have an eco-friendly house move with practically no paper waste? Then why don’t you try hiring some professional plastic crates? They are made from high-quality materials that are extremely durable and can be used for the safe transportation of a large variety of items. At the end of the process, you can return them, eliminating the piles of unwanted cardboard boxes that will otherwise fill your home.
Try a green moving vehicle
More and more companies are offering their customers the option of renting hybrid or electric moving vehicles. Although it is a fairly new concept that can be used for short distances, a lot of people choose this type of transportation.
Save energy and reduce waste
One of the biggest environmental concerns when having a house relocation is the accumulation of junk and the unnecessary waste of valuable resources. Here are just some of the things you can do to prevent that.
Change the lighting bulbs
This is the first small step towards living an energy-efficient life and what better time to make the change than the moment you are moving to a new home. LED lights are the future so call your local handyman and transform your house.
Install smart devices in your new home
Speaking of futuristic technology, there are a lot of changes you can do around your new place to make it more eco-friendly. Having a smart home is easy especially if you install all of the necessary devices before you move to the new place. From heat regulating systems to simple water-reducing showerheads, nowadays you can do so much.
Gift or sell the boxes and crates
If you are using your own moving boxes, you are going to be faced with the challenge of what to do with everything once the relocation is over. Be responsible and don’t throw them away. You can actually help both Mother Nature and your local community. Use different social media groups, subreddits, Craigslist or its equivalents in your area. Many people seek to buy moving boxes, and if you feel generous, just give the crates away.
Get rid of the stuff
There is no time like the present to clean your wardrobes, pantry and cupboards. Usually moving services charge by the pound so pack only the items you really need. Not to mention the heavier, the moving van is, the more gas it needs — thus the harm to the environment is bigger. Go through your things and take with you only those which you find useful; don’t overstuff your new home.
People often forget a lot of paperwork comes with the change of an address or a zip code. Think about the letters you are going to receive from your post office or bank. Make a mental note to save a few trees and inform all parties about the upcoming change of your contact information. Fill in the necessary forms and documentation and avoid any possible fees or taxes. When planning your relocation, make a list with all of the administrative changes you must do before the move.
Don’t dump your old furniture
Sometimes things are broken beyond repair, and there is no need for you to keep holding on to them. The house move is the perfect excuse to get rid of damaged furniture, cracked laptops, or other long-forgotten electrical devices. However, do the responsible thing and don’t just dump the junk wherever you see fit. This action has a name in the UK — it is called fly-tipping and is a growing environmental problem. Use proper waste removal services, you can even ask your moving company as most contractors offer a variety of different removal and recycling services. If you are still not convinced, you should know that in some places, "fly-tipping" or dumping old furniture and other belongings is illegal, and you can be fined a significant amount of money.
There are many ways to accomplish an eco-friendly house relocation. You just have to be willing to take a step in the right direction.
Stephanie Cooper is a Content Marketing Specialist for the award-winning London company Top Removals. She specialises in different topics in regards to house and office relocations and always tries to present her audience with the most accurate information.