A major barrier that many movers forget about is the sheer amount of garbage that can actually be created during the course of the move. Whether you’re planning on using new boxes or throwing out a number of old household items, moving can often result in landfills being filled up quite quickly.
With a massive amount of waste making its way into landfills without any type of recycling, it can be possible to reduce your carbon footprint even over the course of moving. Here are some top tips on how you can cut down on the items that might end up in landfills before you move:
Using packing services: by using a company that has packing services that can reuse quality packing materials and boxes, it’s possible that you could reduce your impact on the environment by eliminating the potential of throwing a boxes and packing items for your move. When you move on your own you may have to purchase new boxes or potentially even throw a bubblewrap/ paper after the move. Working with packing services or donating your boxes afterwards will ensure they can be recycled.
Use suitcases: when packing, consider using some of your own suitcases and duffel bags to pack up clothing and other items. If you have storage does you could even consider moving items in those if they are secure. This makes storing items in your new home much easier as well.
Donate items rather than throwing them out: if you have old and usable items you should consider donating them before you throw them into a bin. The problem with many household items is that they don’t break down organically and this can lead to a drastic amount of landfill waste.
Touch up your paint: doing a bit of touchup paint with the extra acrylic paint that you have on hand to make sure that less of it landfill landfill. Leaving some paint that you use on hand for the new homeowners might also be appreciated if they wanted to do their own touch up paint.
Keep some of these top ideas in mind for reducing your environmental footprint during the move.