How to Stay Green during your Move
Moving can be expensive and filled with back-breaking work. It can also be bad for the environment, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. With the right planning and preparation, you can stay Green by selecting a green moving company to help you relocate.
How do you relocate without harming the environment?
Here are some nature-friendly approaches to help you achieve a green move.
Choosing a company operating on biodiesel fuel
A lot of companies these days use diesel trucks and still charge their customers for fuel. That is part of the business, however this type of fuel releases toxins in the air, which as we all know is a serious issue around the world. You should choose a company which works with biodiesel fuels instead, cutting your costs and helping in the protection of the environment. Choose companies that used battery-operated lift gates during the loading and unloading processes.
Think carefully when you pack
Consider what you really need when you move, avoiding the need to take everything along. Do you really need all your belongings or can you leave something behind? Are there any books, electronics, furniture or clothes you can donate or sell to ensure you travel light, rather than lugging everything along? The more items you bring with you, the more costly your overall move will be and the worse the impact on the environment in the end. Check out what you have at the moment and decide whether or not you can make someone happy at the local library, Salvation Army or thrift store.
Buy used or new recycled material boxes
You can easily find boxes being sold at discount rates on Craigslist or moving companies themselves. Reusing old boxes is a great way to reduce the waste that finds its way to the landfills around the cities. There are companies which sell 100% biodegradable and recycled boxes at significant discounts, sometimes up to 50%. Do some research on what companies are available in your area and focus on their boxes instead of buying new ones.
Create packing peanuts by yourself
There are packing peanuts made by using potato starch and they are easily biodegradable and safe. Traditional packing peanuts however are not nearly as safe as these, since they are made in a way that releases a lot of hazardous chemicals in the environment. Did you know you could use popcorn instead of packing peanuts? It may sound funny at first, but if you pass on the butter and simply pop regular corn with no additives, the remaining popcorn would be perfect and safe.
Use recycled packing paper
Although newspapers are a cheap alternative to most packing paper, they are hardly green. The ink on them has plenty of chemicals which find their way into the soil through decomposition and seeping into its layers, eventually finding their way into ground water if the opportunity presents itself. Using packing paper made from recycled materials will allow you to lower the impact of your move on the environment at your destination.
This article was contributed by W10 West London Removals. We want to thank them for their green approach to moving, and for sharing it with our readers!
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