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4 Tips to Make Your Move as Eco-friendly as Possible

As you are probably already well aware of, or have been told multiple times before by a plethora of different people, moving home can be a physically and emotionally taxing task. The stress doesn’t end with finding a new home and getting someone else to take yours off your hands, that is just the beginning! After that you have to turn your attention to the logistics of moving, and all the packing and cleaning that comes with that. On top of all this hassle, the last thing you want to do is to think about making your move green. But as the science of climate change becomes accepted as fact, more and more people are making extra efforts to become as green as possible. From the carrier bags we use to do our grocery shopping, to the light bulbs in our home – there seems to be a general trend to cut carbon emissions at every possible avenue. And moving home is no different; there are numerous ways in which you can make your relocation more eco-friendly. Below are but a few of those ways: 1)    Use cardboard boxesCardboard boxes have long been to go to transport vessel when it comes to moving home. Cheap and easy to source, they provide adequate protection to your possessions that can be held in one hand.

They can be found for free at most supermarkets, but failing that you can buy them from any good office retailer or on the internet. As they are made out of cardboard, they can be recycled. As soon as you are done using them you can either reuse them, or fold them up and throw them in the recycling. Both of these options are eco-friendly. 2)    Reuse your plastic cratesOther than cardboard boxes, plastic crates or containers are the most popular transport vessel. They are much sturdier and durable than cardboard boxes, and, as such, they can provide much better protection for valuable and delicate items.

These crates aren’t recyclable, but they are reusable: they are perfect for domestic storage. Fill them up with items that you wish to store and you’ll be sure that those items will be protected against damages and the elements. 3)    Reuse your bubble-wrapAlthough you may think bubble-wrap is only functional if all the bubbles aren’t popped, this simply isn’t the case. A worn out piece of bubble-wrap can be just as effective as a brand new piece when it comes to providing protection against damages for your valuables. However, bubble-wrap can also be recycled. So if the piece is completely worn out – torn and generally worse-for-wear – you can always pop in in your recycling bin. But do not be afraid to reuse bubble-wrap; its shelf life is longer than you think and it could save you a couple of pounds. 4)    Make sure transport vehicle is big enoughThe biggest carbon emitter throughout the whole moving process is, non-surprisingly, the petrol you use to transport all of your items from your soon-to-be old property to your new one. To make sure transporting everything is as eco-friendly as possible, you must be sure to use the right size van. Get a van to small and you’ll have to make multiple trips, vastly increasing your carbon footprint. If you get a van too big you’ll be using space that you do not need, meaning you’ll be needlessly emitting carbon into the environment as bigger vans produce more emissions. To find out what size vehicle you need, you should be sure to get a rough estimate of how many items you have to transport.

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