Eco-friendly Moving Tips

September 5th, 2010
by Carrie

Helping The Environment, One Move At A Time

Green moving company changes the way Vancouverites move into their dream homes.

As we all know, moving isn’t exactly an eco-friendly exercise. With all the boxes, wrapping paper and car trips back and forth, moving tends to be a stressful experience, not only for new home renters or happy home owners, but for the environment as well. Consider these facts: just in British Colombia alone, there are 10,000-15,000 commercial and residential moves per year.

At the same time, it’s estimated that a typical residential move uses about 80 lbs of cardboard. Do the math and you can imagine how much of that ends up in the landfill.

So, how do you reduce frustration and your footprint when moving into your dream home?

Green moving experts Carrie Dhensaw and Eric Davis share their
insights:

  • Sign up for e-billing. On top of all the paper you’ll be saving, it’s also the quickest way to change your billing address. The perfect opportunity to get rid of all of those unwanted mailing lists!
  • Pick a moving company that stands for your values. Ask about their sustainability practices: Do they use boxes or reusable crates? How do they power their trucks? What kind of products do they use (even for cleaning their trucks)?
  • Companies that care use eco-friendly options like bio-diesel trucks, moving pads made of 100% recycled cotton and rent reusable packing crates.
  • Go boxless. While cardboard boxes have been the staple for moving out, reusable moving crates do a better job at protecting and preserving your valuables from damage. Reusable moving crates also last longer, reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfills. You can even rent reusable moving crates, thus saving money, reducing your one-time-use-items pile and maximizing the use of existing reusable crates.
  • Use Geami wrap. Yes, bubble wrap is the ultimate stress buster, but it’s also one of the biggest enemies of the environment. Geami wrap, on the other hand, is made from recycled fibre and will not compromise performance.
  • Be critical of what you pack. Studies show people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. If you don’t need it, then why move it? This will save you the effort, money and time to move things that are no longer worth keeping. But, wait! Don’t forget to have a garage sale or to donate your old stuff to a local charity.

With all these tips in mind, moving into your new home will not only be a smooth transition, but will also receive Mother Nature’s stamp of approval. For more tips on green moving, visit saynotoboxes.com

 

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