If you are looking for more eco-friendly ways to move your home, then this article is for you. Although it may be impossible to orchestrate a completely waste-free move, it is possible to cut back significantly on unnecessary waste.
The world has started moving towards a more sustainable way of doing things and moving your house should not be excluded from your efforts to leave as little trace behind as possible.
In this article we give you some tips on how to make your upcoming move your greenest one yet.
The most important part of any move is packing up your belongings and before we get to eco-friendly packing tips, let’s talk about downscaling.
Downscaling before you move to your new destination helps you save on moving expenses as you will need fewer packing materials and your total load will be reduced. This means that fewer trips will be required resulting in a more affordable quote.
Additionally, it gives you an opportunity to donate things you don’t need to charities or other organisations which aid the less fortunate. Donating is always a better option than hoarding things you don’t use or worse, throwing them away.
Instead of buying bubble wrap to wrap your fragile items in, use towels, clothing, and bedding. These can be used to protect your picture frames, crockery, and artwork during the move.
Furthermore, you won’t need extra boxes to pack just your linen and clothing into, which not only saves costs but also saves the environment.
Some companies offer the opportunity to rent re-usable boxes or crates which are made from sturdy materials which can be used time and time again. With the costs you are saving on decluttering and using what you have to wrap your fragile goods, you can spend a little more on renting reusable boxes. This also saves boxes and other packing materials from going to landfills. If you cannot find a company to rent boxes from, go to your local grocery stores and ask them if you can take some empty boxes from them to use and when you are done using them, drop them off at your nearest recycling depot.
You can also look for storage containers, empty shoeboxes, or other crates that you may have at home instead of buying more cardboard boxes to use for your move.
If you have used up all your sheets, towels, and clothing but still need more protective wrapping for your fragile goods, look for companies which sell biodegradable packing materials.
There are many companies who produce compostable or biodegradable bubble-wrap equivalents. Pay it forward by donating them to someone in your new neighbourhood who is moving, once you have unpacked, as these materials can often be used a few times before they start to degrade.
There are many moving companies which offer you the opportunity to share a load with another family who is going in the same direction as you. By sharing a load with someone else, you help to minimize the carbon footprint by reducing trips made by the moving company.
At CM Removals, we see how much material is used and discarded with each move. Although we understand that it may not be possible to avoid plastic or other waste entirely during a move, there are many effective ways to move in the most eco-friendly way possible.
We offer a wide range of moving services, and we remain committed to being the best moving company in Cape Town and South Africa.
Finally, we would like to wish all our past and future clients a wonderful, safe, and memorable festive season. See you in 2022!
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