It’s a New Year but the troubles of Climate Change are still at the forefront of most of our minds. And if you have a house move planned in, you might be wondering what the best ways are to keep it as green as possible.
Here at Armishaws, we are always trying to better our processes and keep them as sustainable and eco-friendly as we can, so here are some of our top tips on what you can do to help with your own carbon footprint!
Using sustainable methods can sometimes seem time consuming but but they really are worth the difference. You will probably know well in advance of your removal date so you should have plenty of time to begin your preparation to reduce your potential impact on the environment.
In the time leading up to a house move is usually when a lot of food can get wasted. Transporting it can be tricky so try to reduce the amount of fresh produce you buy on the build up to your moving day. Plan ahead and try to use the food you already have in your fridge and freezer, it might make for some interesting meal combinations!
Usually before packing is a good time to sort through all your belongings and work out what you do and don’t need to take to your new home – getting rid of old items will be good for reducing the amount that actually needs moving. Take time to think about the what you are getting rid of and where possible try taking them to charity shops for re-sale or maybe a car boot sale to get a bit of extra money for your unwanted goods. After this, if you still have items to get rid of try to recycle as much as possible!
Packaging has always been an issue with sustainability, with heavy reliance on plastic and other non-recyclable packing materials it’s easy to go for the convenient option. To combat this, instead of buying new packing boxes try collecting used boxes locally – most supermarkets give them out for free. Or try asking around at smaller local shops, most will be glad to have them taken off their hands. Other good places to try are Garden Centres, friends and family and online; including social selling sites like Facebook Marketplace.
If you are struggling to find used boxes, try looking into reusable containers, that can double up as storage in your new home. Or look into other options for biodegradable or compostable packaging – there are plenty of options on the market. At Armishaws all of our paper and cardboard packaging are sourced from FSC accredited manufacturers all of which is recyclable, find out more about our packing materials on our Carbon Responsibility page.
To further reduce the amount of packing you must remember to pack smartly, this will reduce the amount of packaging actually needed for the process. Fill your larger items, like wardrobes, to make the most of the volume of your transport. Use blankets, pillows and clothes to wrap breakables as this is a great alternative to plastic bubblewrap.
Why not take a look at one of our previous blog posts on efficient packing; this will give you even more great tips on making the most of your space and how to reduce the amount you will need to move your house!
A clean is usually due when moving in somewhere new, so it is a great time to invest in some natural cleaning products. A lot of cleaning chemicals release harmful toxic chemicals into the air which aren’t good for you or the environment.
You can now widely purchase biodegradable sachets for cleaning, use these diluted in reusable cleaning bottles and you will find your waste massively reduced. Just make sure to label these carefully before so you can re-use them time and time again. Alongside this try using natural re-usable cloths for your cleaning, these are a great alternative to disposable wipes. Just wash them through at the end of each use and they’re good to be used again.
When picking your removal company you will want to select carefully and use a business that is conscious of their sustainability and impact on the environment. We at Armishaws take pride in our effort towards reducing our carbon footprint, so to find out more about what we’re doing to keep our Carbon Emissions as low as possible visit our page on Carbon Responsibility to help make your decision. We have a wide range of trucks at the ready which can cater to any size removal, we do our best to keep your house move as efficient as possible!
Don’t forget, now that you have moved in, to continue with the good habits you have started. Be sure to check early on when your recycling collection days are, you will no doubt have a few packaging items that will need recycling now that you have unpacked. So it is good to get onto this early to prevent any unnecessary build up of waste.
A fresh start can be a great time to layout new routines, and to move towards a more sustainable way of living. Can you reuse those containers from the move for storage around the house or pass them on for others to use? Or are you on the lookout for some new furniture to go in your new home? Try looking at second hand/vintage pieces, or try up-cycling some of your older furniture. It’s a great opportunity to get creative and have fun with!
Hopefully our quick tips will help you on your way to reducing your house move carbon footprint, with some habits that might stick for a more sustainable everyday! As you can see each step is only a small move away from the norm, but altogether it can make a much bigger difference – so don’t be worried to start with the little steps.
If you have any queries or want to find out more about how we can help with your eco-friendly house removal, call us on 0800 917 1015 or get in touch via our contact form – we’d love to chat! And for full details on what we are doing to reduce our environmental impact see our new page on Carbon Responsibility.