3 Step Guide to an Eco-Friendly Relocation
Published on Friday, 23 August 2013
It is no secret that there has been a global push by society to make everything we do that much greener. We are increasingly given tips of how to save energy around the home and are ever more encouraged to make sure the way we transport ourselves is eco-friendly. When it comes to moving home, your green conscious should be active for this task as well. Although it’s near impossible to have a carbon footprint of 0 for a relocation due to the fact that 99% of vehicles are still petrol-fuelled, there a few tips and techniques that will help you reduce your carbon emissions for your relocation. If you are looking for ways to move in an environmental friendly manner, let this be a brief guide on how to make your move as green as possible. 1) Use Environmentally friendly packing materialsSome materials are much more eco-friendly than others. And the friendliest of them all is the humble cardboard box. These are cheap and easily recyclable, whilst they are also able to do an adequate job as a packing vessel. Once you’re done with them you can through them in your recycling knowing that you’ve done a good deed for the environment. A popular alternative to cardboard boxes are plastic containers, but these aren’t as easy to recycle, nor are they bio-degradable, even if they are much sturdy then plastic boxes. However, if you can see yourself reusing plastic containers then buying them to pack your possessions in won’t be that much of a detriment to the environment. Reusing materials can be just as environmentally friendly as recycling them. As for materials that protect against damages, the most common material that comes to mind is bubble-wrap. Bubble-wrap can be recycled and even reused – it truly is an environmentally friendly product. Other than bubble-wrap, excessive use of tissue paper will ensure your items against damaged incurred during the move and, like bubble-wrap, it is also recyclable. 2) Use eco-friendly cleaning productsWith packing comes organising and cleaning. Whilst you’ll do a good job finding ways to make organising greener, there are ways to make cleaning more environmentally friendly. The main way to ensure that you’re cleaning is green is to stay far away from aerosols – these can contribute to ripping holes in the o-zone layer, which, in turn, makes the world’s temperature rise as the protecting layer of oxygen in the atmosphere is increasingly depleted with the use of these cleaning products. If you’re wondering what cleaning products are environmentally friendly, do some research online or look at the labels on the product – they should give an indication of how eco-friendly the product is. 3) Pick the right removal service for youWhat removal service will be the most environmentally friendly for you will largely depend on your individual circumstances. If, for example, you are moving from a relatively big property to another, or you simply own a lot of possessions, then you should hire out a service that will provide a suitably big van. Removal firms will have the biggest conceivable van available for hire – the 7.5 tonner. This will be greener because it means you’ll be able to fit everything you own into the vehicle in one go, meaning you won’t have to make multiple trips which, in turn, means you won’t burn as much petrol – the true villain when it comes to making your move green. If, however, you are moving from a small property to another small property, it’s best to hire out a service that will provide a smaller van for cheaper. Man and Van services van of choice is a 3.5 tonne sized one, so if you can fit everything you own into a van that size, this will be the greenest form of transport for you as you won’t be paying for space you don’t need.
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