Making a few small adjustments to your next move you can make a serious impact on the environment. It’s as simple as changing which belongings you pack, how you pack them, and how you transport them. Check out these eco-friendly moving tips for easy steps to a more “green” move.
Moving can be a great excuse to kick that hoarding habit and donate or recycle things you no longer need. You’ll use less packing materials and can reduce your moving truck gas mileage by getting rid of some of your burdensome old belongings, while making some cash and reducing your carbon footprint. Consider donating some of your lightly used items to Village des valeurs, the Salvation Army, or one of other Montreal charities. If you have a large donation, you can schedule a pickup with your local chapter of one of these organizations. If you have more expensive items that you’d rather not donate, consider selling them on kijiji or facebook. You might also consider holding a garage sale- garage sales are a great way to find new homes for your old belongings while bringing your community together and making a few dollars.
Get the Right Boxes or Bins
Before buying your moving boxes, take a second to think about the environment and find the greenest alternatives. If you’re planning to buy new boxes, make sure you only buy what you need. In addition to buying new, you can also save materials and money by finding boxes that have been used and are still in great condition. Check behind local grocery and retail stores for boxes they’ve discarded or try visiting some of these places to find free moving boxes.
Another option to consider is renting reusable bins made out of recycled plastic instead of purchasing cardboard boxes. This option can be more cost effective than purchasing cardboard boxes and can save you time as most companies who offer this service drop-off and pick-up their bins.
Use Environmentally Friendly Packing Materials
You may not know this, but your house may already be full of packing materials! Instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts, use old newspaper, egg cartons, blankets, and towels to pad fragile items. Newspaper is very well suited for protecting glassware, plates, and other fragile items. If you prefer to purchase padding, opt for reusable pads, recyclable packing paper, and specially marked biodegradable bubble wrap and peanuts. A green moving company will be able to provide you with reusable, eco-friendly packing materials as well as boxes and bins.
Fill up the truck the first time:
If you pack the truck properly, or better yet, get professional Montreal movers to do it for you, you will be able to fit in more things and possibly avoid having to do a second round of transporting, or renting an additional truck. Moving trucks take up a lot of gas, which we all know is not good for the environment.
Please share with us your own green moving experience, we would love to be inspired!