A removal is always taxing. It requires a lot of time, energy and money. However, your removal does not have to be taxing on the environment. If you are worried about the environmental toll of your move, then take heart. There are some simple measures you can take to reduce your impact on the natural world. Here are six easy ideas to get you started.
1. Reuse Old Boxes
Boxes are the best option to keep your things safe. However, boxes are not exactly environmentally friendly. It is even worse when you think about how many boxes you will need. You will be generating a great deal of waste. In some ways, this is unavoidable. If you want to limit your environmental impact, then opt for used boxes. You can collect used boxes that you already own. Save boxes from your recent shipments. Ask around to see where you can find used boxes from other families or stores. This small step can have a huge impact. Be sure to recycle the boxes when you are done. Better still, see if you can pass them along to someone else in need.
2. Get Creative with Packing Materials
In addition to boxes, you will need packing materials inside the boxes. While some items will be safe in a box by themselves, most things need packing material to prevent scratching or breaking. Traditionally, items like bubble wrap or packing paper have been used. While these materials are effective, they are also bad for the environment. If you want to lessen your carbon footprint, look for alternative packing materials. Save old newspapers or magazines. Use blankets, towels or clothing that you already own. If you must use store-bought packing materials, always look for options that can be recycled.
3. Downsize In Advance
Another great way to make your move more eco-friendly is to downsize. Downsizing is both practical for you and for the environment. The reasons are multifaceted. First, if you have less stuff, then you will need fewer packing materials. You will use fewer boxes, and you will go through less packing material. Moreover, as you get rid of things, you are minimizing the amount of space you need on the moving van. This means your load is lighter, and you can use less fuel in transit. Plus, when you downsize, you can donate your unwanted items. This is the best form of recycling. As an added bonus, downsizing will streamline your Sydney removal.
4. Use Natural Cleaners
When you go through a removal, it is a time to clean. You have to clean your former home. You also have to clean your new home. With all this scrubbing, pay special attention to the cleaners you are using. Too many cleaners rely on toxic chemicals that can pose a risk to the environment. Instead, you should look for natural cleaning solutions. Natural cleaners are still able to tackle your toughest messes, but they rely on formulations that do not harm the environment. There are some store brands that are natural alternatives. You can also make your own cleaning solutions with ingredients like water, vinegar and baking soda.
5. Prepare in Advance
As you get ready for your Sydney removal, be sure to give yourself plenty of time. Waiting until the last minute will create more stress during your removal. This stress can cause you to make bad decisions you would otherwise avoid. Many of these decisions can be deleterious for the environment. Just think about it. Imagine that it is the last minute. You still have a whole room to pack. In desperation, you go out and buy boxes and packing materials. In your haste, you pack less efficiently, and you end up with twice as many boxes as you need. This wasteful exercise can largely be avoided if you take your time and do things right.
6. Find the Best Removalist
A final tip to make your Sydney removal eco-friendly is to hire the best removalist in town. Professional removalists have the skills and tools to get things done more efficiently. Giraffe Removals is proud to serve the Sydney community. Contact our team today to discuss your plans for an eco-friendly move.