There are two major things you can do for a greener house move. Firstly, avoid using cardboard boxes and secondly ensure that you recycle or re-purpose any unwanted items you find during your move instead of sending them to landfill.
Plastic Moving BOXES
Replace cardboard boxes with these plastic moving boxes that can be re-used hundreds of times. There’s also a huge functional benefit in that they’re easier to carry than cardboard boxes, they’re sturdier meaning packed items are less likely to be damaged and most importantly you don’t need to tape them up so they’re faster to pack.
All of the vendors listed below will rent plastic boxes to you and include a delivery and pickup service.
Most removalists are still using cardboard boxes so you may find the cheapest and most flexible option is to order your boxes separately from the company that performs your move.
Removalists that use plastic boxes
The following companies still use cardboard boxes but choose to run their trucks on bio-diesel:
Recycled packing material
Instead of the commonly used butchers paper for packing fragile items, consider some of these alternatives:
- Wrap items in linen or clothing that also has to be moved also
- Old newspapers, if you don’t have them they can be sourced from:
- Newsagents – find out when the unsold papers are sent back / collected.
- Recycling stations
- Post a request on Freecycle