Places like Kennards Storage and www.hire-a-box.com.au will deliver used boxes to your home at a fraction of the price. You can sell them back for cash after the move or hang onto them for use at a later date. Just be sure to use less tape where possible â youâll get a better price on resell.
Cheaper and way more eco-friendly than buying new boxes.
2. Use Bio-degradable Bubble Wrap
If you have ordered any products from me you will know we use green bubble wrap. This is because itâs made from bio-degradable corn fibres. It breaks down after 55 days to nothing. Itâs just as good as normal bubble wrap and if you look up Big Red Packaging on eBay.com.au you can buy in bulk lots of these HUGE rolls for only $30. Very cheap, very eco and NOTHING of ours was broken.
3. Use bio-degradable Packing Tape
Yes, you can get biodegradable packing tape. If you find it hard to buy, try online stores like Big Red Packaging on eBay.com.au or www.ecoofficesupplies.com.au. Alternatively, go with masking tape.
We all collect clutter as the years go by. No sense in moving unnecessary clutter from house to house â cull as you go. Get ruthless and as you are packing ask yourself âDo we really REALLY need / want this in our new space?â Use the time to clean up, cull and cut back on clutter â it means less time unpacking and you can offload everything that is usable to a charity en route to your new home.
8. Consider Your Energy Needs â Can YOU Go Green Power?
As I was driving down the M2 en route to our new home, I remembered that we needed power and a phone line â oops! I called Origin Energy as we have a bundle pack with our commercial power at our nappy washing plant. As it turns out, 25% green power costs only $1 per week extra on your energy bill. 50% green power at 1000kwh per quarter will cost us only an extra $26 per quarter plus the $12 extra per quarter for the 25% green power.
To switch over to 50% green power on our home electricity bill, at 1000 kwh per quarter is costing us as little as $38 per quarter. For us, we can manage that expense easily and we can feel so much better as we donât currently have solar on our new home (we are renting). Every little step towards the green counts!
I wanted to do so with a minimal footprint and using as many upcycled / recycled and bio products as I could.
Here are my top 10 tips for moving home â eco-style!
Cut back on your use of plastic bubble wrap etc by using shredded newspaper and office paper as filler for between breakables in boxes. Contacts offices for their shredded paper or borrow a small shredder and go to town on your hubbyâs newspaper stack.
5. Use the Biggest Truck That You NEED
When moving do not over or under-estimate your truck requirements. Speak to the removalists companies you are dealing with and get the dimensions plus their ideas of how much you can fit into their vehicle. Donât go straight for the 8 tonne truck to move only a 2br apartment. An 8 tonne truck should fit an entire 3 â 4 br house. A 6 tonne truck (or 16 cubic feet) will fit 2 â 3br apartment. Check your sizings and use only that which you need to avoid another unnecessary truck run or driving a truck that is half empty.
6. Plan For Eco-Contingencies Ahead of Time
We do cloth nappies full time at home and only use disposables when travelling overseas. Even then, we buy the eco-friendly Moltex nappies ahead of time. As we knew for 2 weeks it would be chaos, the cloth nappies and cloth wipes would have to be put on hold. I bought a carton of eco-nappies and also organic, biodegradable baby wipes to use whilst we were moving and unpacking. I felt so much better having planned ahead for that type of thing.
Hold onto your boxes and packing wrap to pass around to friends. Put up an add on freecycle.org or www.gumtree.com.au saying you have boxes and packing wrap for âhireâ. Either do it for free or charge a small delivery fee ensuring that you check that they will be returned after use. If you donât want them again, ask that they recirculate the boxes as well. Good moving boxes that are looked after will last surprisingly long periods of time â share the love and feel good being so proactively eco-friendly.
10. Use Linen for Packing
Instead of packing all your linen into a box, folded up why not use it to wrap your breakables, paintings and mirrors? Tape the linen with masking tape (easier to get off) and youâll find you will save a TONNE of bubble wrap. Works like a charm â no breakages this time around for us!
So there are my top 10 eco-tips for house moving. Do a little research ahead of time, call around to box places for your second hand boxes and order your packaging needs online. It will save time, energy and most importantly, contribute to a better planet.
Happy house moving!
The Eco Mum xo
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