How to Move House Sustainably

Green living expert Laura Harrison has some advice on how to move house sustainably, reducing waste and keeping your carbon footprint low

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Everybody knows that moving house can be an extremely stressful process. A study by Kalms discovered that moving house is the most stressful life event for Brits with a total of 37% stating that nothing has caused them more anxiety. However, what everybody doesn’t know, is just how stressful moving home can be on the environment. Follow these tips to find out how you can move in the most sustainable way possible.

De clutter and recycle while you’re at it!

When it comes to packing up your things to move house, most people don’t anticipate just how much stuff they have accumulated over the years. Moving house is a great opportunity for you to de clutter and get rid of all those things you don’t need; whether it’s some clothes at the back of your wardrobe that you no longer wear or all that old furniture stored away in the attic that you don’t use. Be ruthless, and if you don’t use it, simply get rid of it. But instead of just chucking it away, recycle everything that you possibly can and if it is not recyclable, then donate it to charity, where someone else will find use for your unwanted possessions. Alternatively sell it on places like Gumtree and EBay.

Recycling your things means that they can be used for something much more useful, or even just reused, therefore less energy is needed to create the item from scratch, significantly reducing your carbon footprint.

Don’t buy cardboard boxes

Don’t buy cardboard boxes to pack up all of your belongings, it’s much cheaper and better for the environment to reuse existing cardboard boxes. They’re easy to get hold of so ask your friends or family and at your local Supermarket where they will almost always have some spare that they will be happy to give you.

If you just have too much stuff and need more boxes than you can get hold of, still don’t resort to buying them, do your research to find a company that offer plastic boxes and packing crates to rent and use. They will also have the added bonus of not only being better for the environment but will be sturdier and means you won’t have to faff around with cardboard boxes and tape.

Alternatives to bubble wrap

Instead of purchasing lots of bubble wrap that is bad for our environment use alternative materials to pack your more delicate and fragile goods. Collect and save all of your daily newspapers and before you know it you’ll have plenty to wrap all your possessions in. If you are worried about the ink rubbing off on to any of your possessions then choose to protect them with some old material or cloth – maybe even an old t-shirt that you discovered in the de-clutter process!

Select a green moving company

When it comes to selecting a moving company, make sure you do your research so that you choose one that uses environmentally friendly vehicles and has a green policy. For instance, Abels who are a local and international removals company, offer vehicles that are purpose built to be sympathetic to the environment.

Move in one go

Finally, once you are ready to move, make sure you transport everything in one go, and in as few vehicles as possible, to reduce your carbon footprint even further!

By Laura Harrison

Edited by Helen Kinsella

Image sourced: Meathead Movers

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