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Keeping in mind three tiers of the 'waste hierarchy' of ecology - reduce , reuse, and recycle- will help in your efforts to green up your move.
You can reduce that amount of goods that need to be moved by packing items inside other items such as luggage, backpacks, baskets and pillow cases. Never pack anything 'empty.' Use linen and towels as packing material for fragile items. Moving house is best time to assess whether an overall reduction in belongings is warranted. Consider holding a moving or car boot sale, or donating items to a favourite charity.
Retailers are a great source for cardboard boxes. Many retailers discard packing materials along with the boxes, and are happy to let customers have both. Inquire well in advance of moving day as to when they normally receive shipments. Don't disregard broken boxes, as strips of cardboard can be rolled and tied around household items. Also, check out your local newsstand. Old newspapers serve well as packing material, too.
Moving house is a good time to consider purchasing items that will both make your move easier and serve a purpose in your new home. Storage containers are the most obvious choice. Hardy storage containers can be packed with household items during your move and used later for organising items such as tools, craft items, and seasonal goods. As well as being more decorative, study baskets and well-made ornamental boxes are more environmentally-sound choices than are plastic containers. Certainly, if you already have plastic containers, pack them, and consider borrowing plastic containers from friends and family to move items as well.
You may be pleasantly surprised by how much money you can save by following these tips. Selling unwanted items, reusing and recycling items for packing, and buying storage containers you can use later will all save you money in the long run. If purchasing packing materials is necessary, look for biodegradable items. Packing peanuts made from corn-starch and grain sorghum will protect breakable items. Starch-based rolled foam will cushion electronics and computers. Reputable firms like Wandsworth man and van can help you with further green-conscious choices.