Relocating with Eco-Friendliness in Mind
Relocating, whether to a new home or a new office, can be a big challenge. It usually comes with a lot of stress, and eats up a lot of time. Many of us think how we can avoid elevated stress levels and complete the task in as little time as possible, but it is not often that we think about what relocating does to the environment.
The impact of relocating to the environment is even greater when consumers move to smaller homes, apartments, condominiums, or office. With less items that can fit in them, more objects have to be discarded. Not making the right decisions on what to do with these can result in the generation of a lot of trash. This then leads to the waste not only of natural resources, but energy too.
The good news it that you do not have to be one of these individuals who have wasted a lot of time, money, energy, and natural resources. There are plenty of things you can do in order to be more responsible and relocate without putting additional burden to the environment. So if you want to relocate and be eco-friendly, here are some things for you to consider.
- Avoid Buying and Owning Too Much
When you buy too much, the possibility of you having to discard a lot of them goes up. So by making wise decisions when shopping, such as just buying those that you really need, you are going to accumulate less. When the time comes for you to relocate, you have less to worry about. Your relocation impact on the environment is also reduced.
- Be Wary of How You Discard Objects
Do not ever forget to discard belongings in a responsible manner. Rather than just throwing away items, think about what you can do to them, especially if they are non-biodegradable. These items do not just rot and disappear – it takes a very long time, if they can even rot away, that is.
- Don’t Bring Everything With You
When you have plans of relocating, there is no reason for you to bring all your stuff with you. A few weeks prior to the move, set aside time to sort through all of your possessions. Think about what you really want and need to bring with you, and separate them from those that you think are not really going to be useful anymore.
A good way to categorize these items is to think of the best ways to dispose them off. For example, unwanted items that are still fully-operable and functional can be sold off or can be given to someone else in need of them. For hazardous or toxic materials, make sure you educate yourself about the proper way of disposing them.
- Practice Proper Recycling Methods
With just a little time and energy, you can actually be successful in properly recycling a lot of your stuff. Old magazines, newspapers, and other papers can be recycled as well as glass, plastics, and metals. Check out your local community center to find out if they are offering any recycling programs and if they accept such items.
Some of the most common recyclables that you may want to dispose include the following:
- Cardboard (boxes)
- Mixed paper (old newspapers, magazines, school or office documents)
- Some types of garbage that take a long time to disappear
- Glass as well as plastic jars , jugs, and bottles
- Scrap aluminum (aluminum cans, etc.)
- Consider Putting Up Some of Your Possessions for Sale
If you have a lot of belongings that you rather not take to your new place with you, but are still fully-functional and useable, you may want to consider selling them off for a lower price. This way, you get to make a bit of extra money, cash that you can use for you new home or office. In addition, doing this may also be a great help to people who need something that you have to offer but can’t afford to buy a brand new one.
- Help Others and Donate Quality Items
Donating is another great way to deal with your possessions that you cannot or do not want to take with you to your new home or office. Put up a sign on your curb that says “Free Items” on it. If you have the means, just take them to local charitable institutions, such as the Salvation Army Store, the DAV Store, the ARC Store, or the Goodwill. Homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and kitchens can also benefit from these items that you want to donate.
Some of the most common items that can be donated are the following:
- Shoes and other types of footwear
- Beddings, towels, and curtains
- Books, magazines, and other readables
- Kitchenware and functional appliances
- Consumer electronics
- CDs, DVDs, gaming consoles, and other entertainment devices
- Unopened food products
- Work with a Green Mover
If you have plans of hiring a moving company, it is wise for you to select one known for being eco-friendly, or ‘green.’ Take the time to search for professional movers who are not only qualified, experienced, and competent, but also strive hard to reduce relocating impact on the environment.
Here are some questions that you should ask the movers to determine if they are a ‘green’ company.
- Do you encourage the use of used packaging boxes rather than selling or asking your customers to buy new ones?
- Hoe fuel-efficient are your moving vehicles? Do you use ethanol-powered trucks?
- What types of packaging materials do you offer and use? Are they fully recyclable? If not, how long before they disappear?
- What are the steps that you take to reduce the carbon footprint that your firm generates?
These are just some of the questions that are going to help you determine and gauge the eco-friendliness of the moving company you are going to work with. Make sure that you ask them any other relevant and important question that you may have, prior to signing that contract, to ensure a hassle-free relocation.