Moving always seems to come with a load of responsibilities and tremendous stress. Chances are that your cerebral hemisphere is clouded with plenty of things. You need to make an inventory, plan weeks ahead of the move, and pack all your belongings, transfer utilities, and a lot more. With all these things on your plate, do you think it is important to worry about the environment? To be honest, with the rise in global warming and an increase in climate change every little contribution to the environment is significant. So, yes you should definitely worry about the environment while moving to a new house.
If you are wondering how the environment is affected during a move. Precisely this is how - things that you throw out ads up to the heap of garbage difficult to recycle, fuel you use for traveling is adding pressure on the natural resources, and the packing material you use is made out of the wood-derived from trees. In the end, it all boils down to keeping the environment safe and making your move memorable.
Throw less, donate more
It is natural to collect junk over a period of time. Instead, it is right in front of your eyes but you don’t even notice it until you start packing. So, where do you put all the junk or may I say the things you don’t need anymore? If everything is tied in a big black plastic bag to be thrown away, it is definitely not doing the environment any good. So, here’s what you can do. While you are separating the essentials from the non-essentials to make your move easy, collect all the items and see if you can donate them.
For example, the pair of jeans you haven’t worn in ages, the old TV that lies in your basement, a box of toys from your childhood. All these things can be easily donated to someone who is in need of such items or sold online. The choice is yours. But never forget that donating all these items will help you keep the environment away from unnecessary junk.
Hire movers who care about the environment
There are several companies out there who care about your move and believe in protecting the environment. Don’t think that movers will not go green. Movers NYC who service more than New York, and many other movers drive low-emission trucks, use cardboard boxes that have been recycled and LED cargo areas to bring down energy bills. Furthermore, if you have your own moving truck, you can reduce the speed of your truck. This way you will save fuel and also stay safe while driving. So, make sure before you hire a mover you ask them a few questions that involve environmentally friendly practices.
Clean your house with Eco-friendly products
My grandmother once told me that you could clean grime, dirt and the most stubborn stains with vinegar. At that point in time, it didn’t occur to me that vinegar is also a natural cleaning agent. So, make your new home shine with the help of natural cleaning products like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. After all, chemical kitchen cleaners or all-purpose cleaners exude gases that are not good for the respiratory organs.
Use recyclable and reusable packing material
Packing involves cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, plastic containers, tape, wrapping paper, etc. Bubble wrap, tape, and plastic containers are not easily recyclable. But you have to use them to keep your belongings safe. So how will you protect the environment? It is simple. Make sure that you use a mix of cardboard boxes and reusable plastic containers. This way you will use specific material that can be recycled easily and return the plastic containers for reuse. This produces win-win situation for both the environment and your pocket.
Go green when you reach your new home
Being environmentally friendly does not end up at the doorstep of your new house. You have to be considerate about the environment after the move too. So, here’s what you can do. Unpack all the boxes and don’t throw them away even if they are a little crumpled. You can use the same boxes the next time you move. Second, take help from the professionals or self access your home to make your new house energy-efficient. Third, use VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint if you wish to change the look of your new house. Fourth and last, ensure that you give all the packing supplies for recycling if you don’t intend to use them in the future.
So, keep everything mentioned-above in your mind and always remember even the tiniest contribution towards saving the environment can make a whole lot of difference.