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Unfortunately, moving home can leave it’s mark on the planet. You may be thinking that moving is a fairly eco-friendly operation since most people use recyclable boxes anyway. However, moving also often involves a lot of waste, a significant amount of traveling and unnecessary materials. 

If you’re concerned about making your home move more eco-friendly, there are some things you can do. Organizing an eco-friendly move doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at some of these essential tips to get you started.

Use What You’ve Got

Yes, cardboard boxes are recyclable but the fewer you use, the better. Most people purchase moving boxes without even thinking about using what they’ve already got. If you’ve got containers that won’t be in use during the move, you’ll be going green by making the most of them.

For example, clean out bins and use them to carry books or kitchenware. You can also use suitcases or gym bags to transport clothes, toiletries and more. You could even use dresser/cupboard drawers to carry items instead of boxing them.

Save Boxes

We’re all guilty of throwing boxes away throughout the year. Whether it’s after an online shopping spree for Christmas presents or a sudden urge to re-accessorize your home, you’ve probably had plenty of boxes through your home. If you know you’re going to move, save any useful boxes so you don’t have to buy more when the time comes.

Hire a Mover

Hiring a mover will take a load off your plate. Not only will you have a few more extra pairs of hands to load everything onto the moving van but it will also mean you’re likely to get the move done in one trip making it far more eco-friendly. Take a look at to find help suitable for your move.

Getting everything done in one trip will mean your move has the least amount of impact on the environment. The last thing you want is to add to traveling emissions by having to go back and forth with several car journeys.

Creative Packing Materials

Many people end up purchasing packing materials for moving day to keep their belongings safe in transit. These materials are very often not recyclable. In fact, most of them are the environments biggest problem. Instead of using these materials, use what you have first.

Wrap your valuables in towels, linen and even bulky clothing items to keep them from breaking. 

Make a Donation

Moving home is the perfect opportunity to declutter. You’re likely to find a lot of things you don’t particularly want to take with you. Instead of throwing them away, take a look and see whether they can be donated first. You’ll be surprised what charities will accept. Even stained clothing can be a big help to them.

Your Eco-Friendly Move

Your eco-friendly move will also save you a lot of money.

Thinking outside the box will mean you won’t have to buy any moving house kits. Along with saving your bank balance, you’ll be helping to save the planet. Take a look at some more ways you can have an eco-friendly lifestyle.