Raise your hand if you’ve NEVER moved. I imagine that very few hands are in the air. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11.7 percent of all Americans moved between 2012 and 2013 – myself included.
If you’ve ever moved, which I’m willing to bet you have, you know that moving is a huge pain. From packing and labeling to travelling and unpacking, there’s a lot about moving that is extremely difficult. Have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact?
Think about it, every box, roll of tape, truck load, etc. all impact our environment.
In keeping with our “green” theme this month, we want to share some tips to make your next move a little easier on Mother Earth.
One option is to forego the use of traditional cardboard boxes in favor of rentable plastic ones. Rent-a-boxes have become increasingly popular due to their smaller impact on the environment, while being much more convenient for users.
Movers no longer have to deal with the hassle of collecting cardboard boxes, constructing and taping them up, and then lugging them around. Rent-a-box companies deliver plastic bins – and green packing materials – straight to your doorstep!
Using plastic bins for moving has a huge impact on the environment. Cardboard boxes can only be used about two or three times before falling apart, whereas plastic can be reused hundreds of times.
One rent-a-box company, Jugglebox, estimated that Americans could save 122 million trees, 441 million gallons of oil and 65 million cubic yards of landfill each year by using plastic bins instead of new cardboard boxes.
However, many rent-a-box companies only deal locally and not everyone may have access to this option. So how do you remain green if cardboard boxes are the only choice?
In these circumstances, using cardboard boxes is okay, just remember to recycle them properly. Recycling cardboard only uses approximately 75 percent of the energy required to create a brand new box. Also, look into area self-move companies. Many of them have donation centers for gently used boxes.
Another way you can help the environment while moving is by changing your method of transportation.
Some moving companies offer trucks that run on biodiesel fuel, which is a much more eco-friendly alternative to standard fuel. But like rent-a-box, biodiesel trucks are not available everywhere
If you don’t have access to a biodiesel truck, aim to use the smallest truck that meets your needs. You can do this by lightening the load. The less stuff you move, the smaller the truck can be. Sort through your belongings and ask yourself if you need to keep everything. This is the perfect opportunity to have a yard sale or donate!
Reducing the size of a truck provides many environmental benefits. According to Allstate, a small truck gets approximately 9 mpg, while a large truck gets only 5 mpg. And during a short-distance move under 10 miles, a small truck will emit 22 pounds of carbon dioxide, whereas a large truck will emit 40 pounds.
You have less stuff to move and you’re helping the environment. But best of all, smaller trucks are more affordable! All wins in my book.
Portable Home Security
For green-minded home security owners, it can be easy to overlook your alarm system when moving. Many disregard it because it’s a ‘permanent’ fixture. If you have a DIY system (like FrontPoint), that’s no longer the case. DIY home alarm systems are portable and are a greener security solution.
DIY security systems go where you go, making it the greener solution.
Earth-Friendly Moving Decisions
Moving is taxing in many ways: it’s stressful, and it can take a physical and mental toll. It can also be harmful to the environment. It’s important to be conscious of our moving decisions. The next time you have to move, keep these tips in mind and help maintain a healthy planet.
Do you have any other tips to reduce the environmental impact of moving?