Moving to a new home also brings new opportunities. What better time than this to turn over a new leaf when it comes to your eco-friendly credentials? Here are some tips that will help you ensure that your home or office move is a green as possible.

Hire reusable or recycled boxes (or both!)

Packing boxes are a key part of any move, which means that they represent a great opportunity to green up your life. Hiring reusable packing boxes through a company such as Hire A Box is one great way to reduce your environmental impact, and save some money while you’re at it.

Pack smart

Planning your packing ahead of time can help you cut back on the number of boxes that you need to hire for your move, and may even help you cut back on the number of trips that your removalists need to make. Consider using things like towels and sheets as wrapping material for fragile items. This will help you reduce the number of boxes used in your move, and will help keep your valuables safe as well.

Opt for green-friendly packaging materials

The packaging materials that you opt for when undertaking your move can go a long way towards reducing the carbon footprint of your move. Using soft textiles as packaging materials is a good start, as is using old newspaper or shredded paper for cushioning. These are much more environmentally friendly than options such as Styrofoam or packing peanuts, and they’re cheaply and readily available as well.

Reuse or pass along your packaging materials

If you do have additional boxes and packaging materials that you’ve collected over time, consider donating them, advertising them on the internet, or passing them on to other friends who are moving home or office. It is also a good idea to ensure that your moving boxes will be reused or recycled after your move by hiring a company that can collect and/or recycle them.

By reducing your packing needs and recycling or returning the items that you do not use, you’ll be able to considerably reduce the carbon footprint and the costs of your forthcoming move!