When you think of packing up your home, you likely think of cardboard boxes, disposable wrapping paper, and tons of bubble wrap. These products are often considered the hallmark of a successful move and work to keep your belongings safe while they’re transported by your trusted movers in Denver. However common they may be, these single-use items only add to the landfill and pollution problems we’re already facing. Going green for your move greatly reduces the impact your relocation has on the environment. Here are a few easy ways to make your move as eco-friendly as possible.
Forget New Boxes—Find Used Ones
Instead of buying new cardboard boxes, reuse old boxes
you have around the house. Try to pack your electronics in the boxes they came in whenever possible. This will reduce the amount of new packing materials you need to buy while also protecting your gear as thoroughly as possible. If you don’t have old cardboard boxes lying around, stop by your local grocery store. Most stores are happy to let you have boxes after they unload the products.
Forgo the Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap is a great way to protect your belongings in transit, but all that plastic sits in the landfill after a single use. Instead, use your dishtowels, linens, and even clothing to protect fragile items. If you subscribe to a local newspaper, stockpile a few weeks’ worth of papers and crumple them to fill in space in the boxes. The paper can be recycled like normal once you’re moved and unpacked.
Leave the Basics In the Kitchen
Disposable plates and plastic utensils
are convenient, but they’re harmful to the environment and take decades to decompose if they can at all. Instead of stocking up on disposable kitchenware, leave a few dishes, utensils, and cups in the kitchen after you pack up the rest of the items. This way, you’ll be able to use your dishes and wash them as often as needed, cutting down on trash and waste while you’re moving. Once you’re ready to leave for good, toss the dishes in a plastic box or reusable tote bag to bring them to the new house.
Make Fewer Trips
When you’re moving across town, it’s tempting to take small loads of items the moving truck won’t take multiple times a week in your car. However, each trip adds to the amount of gas your car guzzles and increases CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. Instead of making multiple tiny trips, fill your car to the brim each time. This will save you time in the long-run and keep you from having to go to the pump as often.
Going green when you’re moving is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and nothing helps more than letting an experienced moving team haul your heavy items. Contact Eden’s Moving Services today to schedule a free estimate for your upcoming move. We’re here for you whether you’re moving to a different city along the Front Range or to a new home just down the block.